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I'm using biblatex to cite and reference previous works, via the external file containing such references (the .bib).

When using APA, if I want to cite an author whose cited text contains another cite (a "second-hand" cite), I should only reference the work I've actually read, and not the other. However, if I use something like

... there's some research done by \citeauthor{Tan00} \parencite[\citeyear{Tan00}, cited by][]{Vel13} that indicates ...

then I have to include both authors in the bib file, and so both appear in the "References" section.

Is there a way to use such notation and prevent the second-hand work from appearing in the references?

Thanks in advance.

P.S. Should I include a MWE?

marked as duplicate by Alan Munn, user11232, Svend Tveskæg, Werner, Heiko Oberdiek Aug 31 '15 at 4:59

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    I'm not sure your assumptions are right. Anything that is cited should appear in the bibliography. It's not really relevant if you actually read it or not. Also, are you using style=apa for your references? – Alan Munn Aug 31 '15 at 3:52
  • But if you really want to do this here is a duplicate: Exclude \fullcite{...} citation from bibliography – Alan Munn Aug 31 '15 at 3:58
  • Thanks for the info! @AlanMunn, Indeed, I'm using APA. Well, I'm actually ambivalent about the assumption: Some guidelines I have read indicate it shouldn't, but none in English (in this link it says it shouldn't be shown). – logo_writer Aug 31 '15 at 4:32
  • I will check the other question to know how to omit the reference anyway, as it seemed interesting to me. So, where can I check whether the assumption is right or not? – logo_writer Aug 31 '15 at 4:37
  • I don't have a written source, but I'm a working academic, and this is how I would do it and how it is generally done in any of the academic literature I have read. The purpose of the bibliography is to allow others to follow the sources of the ideas that you talk about in your paper, not to show what you read. So if the idea comes from A and you get it from B you still need to give people a way to know what A is, so you say A cited in B and put both in the bibliography. – Alan Munn Aug 31 '15 at 4:42