Q: Does using wording from referenced sources amount to plagiarism?

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My paper in chemistry was published for the first time, but I am anxious whether its citation might be inadequate. Specifically, I used 3 or 4 sentences in a very similar representation with the texts of a referenced source, although the referenced source was quoted at the end of those quotations and in the referenced list. In such case, would it be regarded as plagiarism? I wrote my paper when I was in the third grade at high school, and it was published after peer review.

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Research is always built upon previous research and it is common for authors to use parts of previously published works in their paper. When doing so, it is important to remember that as long as you make it clear that the portions you are re-using are not yours but have been taken from an original source and you specify the source, you are not indulging in plagiarism. In your case, you mention that you have used quotation marks for the parts you are re-using and are specicifying which source you have taken each quote from. This should not amount to plagiarism. We have recived similar questions from authors. Why don't you take a look at them. This will give you some more clarity: