MLA Quoting a quote
January 24, 2011 7:24 PM Subscribe
In MLA format when you are citing a book that quotes another book, which book should you cite?
posted by Deflagro to writing & language (7 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I know that probably sounds a little confusing so I'll try to explain it more. Say I'm reading book A for a paper. In it, it has a quote from book B that I really like. I only want to use the quote from book B, so do I cite book A or book B? It makes sense to me that you would cite book B, the original author. However recently someone told me you should cite book A as that is where you found the quote and if Book B was misquoted or taken out of context, you would not be at fault because you cited the book that made the error. So which is correct?