How do I quote text that contains a citation?

If you’re quoting from a text that paraphrases or summarises other sources and cites them in parentheses, APA  recommends retaining the citations as part of the quote:

  • Smith states that ‘the literature on this topic (Jones, 2015; Sill, 2019; Paulson, 2020) shows no clear consensus’ (Smith, 2019, p. 4).

      Footnote or endnote numbers that appear within quoted text should be omitted.

      If you want to cite an indirect source (one you’ve only seen quoted in another source), either locate the original source or use the phrase ‘as cited in’ in your citation.