Should I provide my own translation? If so, where?

It is important for this particular quote to appear directly: it is the crux of the argument.

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  • It's a good question, but I'm not sure it is a good match for this site (might be off-topic). Seems more like a question about style, whose answer would depend on the particular style guide you intend to follow etc. – Drew Oct 5 '14 at 16:49
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    @Drew my other option was Academia, as this question does not seem to be mutually exclusive between those forums. The tags that I used, however unpopular they may be, were not created by me, and seem to be accepted topics in this forum. I do use a tag for a particular style (APA), although in reality,a proper citation guide for any would be helpful. – erasmortg Oct 5 '14 at 16:58
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    @erasmortg Writers can be the right place. There is a style tag. – Massimo Ortolano Oct 5 '14 at 18:45
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about citation formatting. Migrate to Writer's SE. They do citation questions there. – Ellie Kesselman Oct 6 '14 at 20:35

A good source of information on this is surely The Chicago Manual of Style, which has a comprehensive section on foreign-language quotations (see §13.71-§13.79).

Should I provide my own translation?

This mainly depends on the intended readers. However, if the piece of text to be quoted is not too long, providing a translation can do no harm (if the translation is accurate).

If so, where?

If you expect your readers to be fluent in the foreign language and you don't want to interrupt the flow of your text, you can report the translation in a note. Otherwise, it is probably better to report the translation within parentheses directly after the original quotation.

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