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I know this is not your specialty but maybe you know. I am creating a website on anxiety. Many medical topics will be covered but I have no medical credentials. Therefore I want to cite credible sources to back me up. Is it copywrite infringement or plagiarism to state something and then cite the medical journal I got it from, followed by a sentence in quotations from that journal without their approval? Also, there are medical websites that have articles based from information from these journals. Can I quote sentences from these websites as credible sources and also can I do so without asking them?

Congrats on your book!

Interesting question that I think a lot of people have from time to time.

This is what the U.S. Copyright Office has to say about quoting from another source:

"How much of someone else's work can I use without getting permission?

Under the fair use doctrine of the U.S. copyright statute, it is permissible to use limited portions of a work including quotes, for purposes such as commentary, criticism, news reporting, and scholarly reports. There are no legal rules permitting the use of a specific number of words, a certain number of musical notes, or percentage of a work. Whether a particular use qualifies as fair use depends on all the circumstances. See FL 102, Fair Use, and Circular 21, Reproductions of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians."

For more info on this, I would go to the Copyright Office then click on Frequently Asked Questions.  I've copied the link to the office below for you.  This link should take you to the section of the FAQ you are interested in.


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Rhonda Campbell


I can answer questions on how to get published in magazines and newspapers; how to market your own books; how to earn a living writing; how to write press releases; how to find a good editor; how to edit your own books; finding a good printer; finding a good book illustrator; doing your taxes as a freelance writer. Questions I can't answer include specifics around working with a print on demand publisher


I have 36 years of experience as a writer (fiction and non-fiction). I am a book reviewer with Nielsen Media. I am a newspaper columnist and a reporter. I am a former radio station host and I am the editor of a literary newsletter, The Book Lover's Haven. I am also the author of more than 10 books.

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