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Having a character quote an entire stanza of a poem

Format it the same way, with blockquote indents, and if you can add a little dialogue before and after, you don't have to worry about weird quote mark placement. Bilbo stood and cleared his throat. "...
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Can you legally write a book based on technical concepts that someone else’s coined?

You are essentially describing the purposes of Scientific writing. Scientific papers are written citing earlier works and then confirming, developing or possibly refuting them. This is how science ...
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Citing two sources in one sentence

That depends on where the two separate statements come from. If Smith says the price decreases, while Watson says the industry grows, the first one is correct. On the other hand, if both authors note ...
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Is page range inclusive or exclusive?

Page ranges are normally inclusive. "Pages 1-5" means pages 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. I think most readers would be extremely confused if you wrote "pages 1-5" and mean 1, 2, 3, and 4. Note that you should ...
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An organization writes its acronym in lower-case - do I have to, too?

First, two general principles: Consistency with other publications is useful. Consistency within a publication is also useful. So write a style guide that documents your house style. Your house style ...
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Quoting Yourself

You have two choices: Write it up in the same style as the other quotes but don't give an attribution. It is common enough for writers to put something poetic or otherwise different from the main ...
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Best practice for academic writing: write and cite or write first?

My answer is that you should read widely and then write and cite, because you want the foundation you're building upon to be rock solid. The risk of writing first and inserting later (which is a ...
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How to quote something somebody was told by someone else? (Third-party, hearsay)

This is called an indirect (or secondhand) quote. Typically, the advice is to replace it with a primary quote if at all possible. But in an oral recollection like this, it might not be possible to ...
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Term for when you split a quote to say 'said so and so' in Journalism and Reporting?

"Bob Said" is an "attribution". It attributes the spoken words to a particular person. Alternatives include... an "introductory phrese" such as... "According to Bob, " or "Bob reported that " ...
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If I quote part of an article that itself contains a quote, what do I cite?

According to CMU, you should include the name of the original source in or next to the quote, but "On your references page, you will only list the source you actually read". The MLA, saying "The basic ...
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Citing an unknown primary source?

Only cite sources you've actually seen. In this case, it sounds like you have a secondary source (your link) that quotes from and does not cite a primary source. All you can say with certainty is ...
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MLA: Source Author has the same name as me

From the MLA Handbook, 8th ed., p. 55: There are circumstances in which a citation like "(Baron 194)" doesn't provide enough information to lead ambiguously to a specific entry. If you borrow from ...
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How to include external references when writing internal documentation?

The guiding principle in my experience is: put the link where the reader needs the referenced information. Examples: "This interface is like Somebody Else's Thing (link, or make SET a link itself), ...
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Citing someone's work, copying and pasting fragment. Is that OK?

Retype (or use OCR) if the meaning of text is the important thing. You have your formatting rules, your publication may need to be formatted, maybe made readable for mobile devices or devices for ...
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How do I cite this page?

In MLA citation, the author is put before the website. Lastname, Firstname. "Title." Website Title (Italics). Publisher, Date Month Year of publication. Web. Date month year of access. If there is ...
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How to cite nonpersonal email

"Private" doesn't mean just one recipient; it just means "not public". When you throw a by-invitation party in your home it's a private affair even if there are 50 people there. Email is the same ...
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How can I include my own words within the quotation?

The only way to avoid confusion is to put your comment outside the quote: According to the commentary the Buddha was pointing to himself when he said, "Here, Rahula, some monks live in the forest."
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Is it plagiarism to use something from a nonfiction work and put it into fiction?

You're using inspiration from a real-life character in a fictitious world, which has been done by every writer ever. Utilizing a mindset you notice in real life in your work isn't plagiarism any more ...
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Citing Oracle documentations of Java

The general format for a reference citation in Harvard style is: Last name, First Initial. (Year published). Title. City: Publisher, Page(s). For a web site, this guide gives the following format: ...
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What is meant by the statement mentioned below?

Confront him or her with the unclarity. The fault could be entirely theirs. People make mistakes all the time. Perhaps the editor meant "quotations".
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Do I need to Cite Multiple Quotes From the Same Source Multiple Times (APA)?

You may use some classical Latin abbreviations, like "ibid." or "op.cit" which are precisely used to indicate that the last quotation has the same source as the previous one.

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