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I'm quoting/paraphrasing repeatedly from the same author in a paragraph. Can I put one citation at the end of the paragraph (APA)?

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Each instance of quoted or paraphrased information within a paragraph needs sufficient information to make it clear that another author created the specific quoted/paraphrased information. One citation at the end of a paragraph doesn't indicate that the entire paragraph comes from that source; rather, the citation only notes that the last sentence of the paragraph came from the indicated source. Failing to make it clear which information within a paragraph came from another source could be considered plagiarism, so please make sure that you give credit where it is required.

You don't have to provide a full citation for every quotation or paraphrase if you are citing repeatedly from one author within a paragraph; please see "When to Include the Year in Citations Appearing More Than Once in a Paragraph" from the APA Style Blog for information on how to format those citations. That blog posting uses examples of paraphrased information, but if you're quoting, please still include a parenthetical page number after your quotations, even if you're not providing the author and year in the citation. Please see "Are bulleted lists allowed in APA style? How do I format a bulleted or numbered list?" for examples of a source cited repeatedly within one paragraph. Please note that if you return to Author A after introducing Author B in the paragraph, or you start a new paragraph and cite Author A, you'll need to once again provide a full citation for Author A. 

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