I'm new to writing research papers and I need some help, with plagiarism in general. Here is an excerpt from my paper. Is this within the usual norms for research papers, or am I risking plagiarizing?

“Clay has the general theoretical formula Al2O3 2SiO2 2H20 There are numberless varieties of clay, but it may roughly be divided into ball clay, china clay, and fire clay; or, in other words, a plastic clay, a non-plastic clay, and a refractory clay.” (Stephenson 12)

Here's a link to a pdf of the text. Ceramic Chemistry by. H.H. Stephenson

  • It seems like you're doing fine to me. If you are quoting longer than a sentence, you may wish to use a block quote or say Stephenson writes: "Clay has the theoretical ..." (Stevenson, 12)
    – Stu W
    Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 12:55
  • Welcome to Writers. I've made some edits to your question and clarified the title; if I've misunderstood anything, please feel free to edit further. I also added the academic-writing tag; I'm assuming this paper is for academia or a class assignment? If not, we can remove or change that tag. Thanks. Commented Feb 18, 2016 at 2:33

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For research, refer to AMA Style. If it's not your words, idea or IP - attribute! Looks like you are doing ok so far.

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