I read an article where the author mentions a sentence from a third person. For instance, Nancy K. has an article where she writes:

"something" (David F)

I want to reproduce the sentence and also give credit to the person that let me discover it. How to do that? is this correct? :

"something" (David F., through Nancy K.)

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    People in general do not give credit to the person who quoted the person saying the quote. I've never seen this used, so I don't know how you would do it. You can put quotes inside quotes by using alternate single and double quotes: "It is written that The King said 'Let all of these "merry-makers" and "celebrators" be feasted and accomodated!' in this paper"
    – Aric
    Aug 16, 2017 at 11:32
  • What are you writing? A journal article? An academic paper? A business white paper? A press release? A gossip column? A newsletter? A blog post? A diary entry?
    – Jasper
    Aug 16, 2017 at 11:48
  • If you are writing a journal article or an academic paper, then this question should be migrated to Academia.SE.
    – Jasper
    Aug 16, 2017 at 11:50
  • Have you looked at the document by David F. (not just the document by Nancy K.)?
    – Jasper
    Aug 16, 2017 at 11:52
  • If you are writing a gossip column, I recommend looking at how Herb Caen handled this issue. (Sadly, the SFGate archive reformats Caen's famous "three dots" as "horizontal rules".) If you are writing a blog post, I recommend looking at how Instapundit handles this issue.
    – Jasper
    Aug 16, 2017 at 11:57

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Your idea works. But per is the word to use, not through:

"Four score and seven years ago" (Abraham Lincoln, per CNN.com)

This would mean that CNN.com says that Abraham Lincoln said this, as can be seen in the link. (You don't have to include a link, but if you are writing a blog post, it's the best way to handle attribution.)

Per in this case means according to.

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