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Is it necessary, and if so how, to acknowledge citations that we have interpreted from literature that is in other languages

Is it necessary, and if so how, to acknowledge citations that we have interpreted from literature that is in other languages

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Hi Matthew,

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D Litting, 1 year ago

Hi Matthew,

Sorry about the delay in answering your question. We've given this some thought and this is what we've come up with:

If you are able to quote smallish pieces of text in a foreign language, quote the original language and then provide your translation, either via a footnote or in brackets after the quote, indicating that you were the translator of the quote. 

If you are paraphrasing, then you are probably best off just providing the author of the original language as you would anything else. From a referencing point of view that is probably enough. However in the confines of an assessment at UTS rather than a publication in the broader academic community it might be worth asking your lecturer whether they are ok with you paraphrasing a language other than English in your work, as they are ultimately the ones who will have to vet the accuracy of your paraphrasing and if they aren't able to do that they may have problems with that.

I hope this helps,

David 

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