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Hi Timothy, Thanks for the post on secondary sources. We have come across a situation where the writer (of the source we read) has two indirect sources for the same piece of information and we are not sure how to represent them in a parenthetical citation. here is what we mean: in a chapter written by Kostiuk and Arvidson, we read the following Sleep deprivation can cause physiological and cognitive changes, such as ... decreased job performance, and impaired emotional control (Harvard University, 2009; Tewari et al., 2011). Representing these indirect sources in a parenthetical citation is proving problematic for us! We don't think they should be separated by a semicolon (as cited in Harvard University; Tewari et al., 2011), as that would make it appear as though we had actually read the Tewari et al. source. We also have a problem with using the ampersand (as cited in Harvard University, 2009, & Tewari et al., 2011) because we are worried the ampersand makes it look like Harvard University and Tewari et al. were/are collaborating on that information (particularly if we ever come across a situation where the second source in the parenthesis has two authors and requires the ampersand; it would look like - as cited in Harvard University, 2009, & Jones & Jones, 2013 - very misleading and confusing). In the end, we decided to use the word 'and' to link the two groups (as cited in Harvard University, 2009, and Tewari et al., 2011), but it could be argued that even that might be unclear. Do you have any advice for such a situation should it ever arise again? Thanks for your attention
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