What should you do if you have read a book, article or webpage that has referenced or quoted a good point from another work and you would like to use that point in your essay? This is called secondary referencing.
Let’s say you have read a book published in 2014 and the author is Smith. It cites a good point by someone called Jones.
You can make the situation clear in your text by writing something like:
Jones (cited in Smith 2014) notes that referencing can be fun.
If you are using a direct quote don’t forget a page number:
Jones (cited in Smith 2014 p. 23) argues that “referencing is the most fun you can ever have”.
In your reference list you must include a full reference for the book by Smith:
SMITH, J., 2014. Referencing and the meaning of life. Aberdeen: Library Press.
You do NOT include a reference for Jones as you must only reference what you have read (the item by Smith).
For information on all aspects of RGU Harvard referencing please check out our guide.