If I find content online that is public domain, in pdf format, and relevant to my niche, and transpose it on my site, will that affect me in a negative way with the SEO?

It is a scientific piece, and doesn't translate correctly if altered. Of course if used on my site I would give credit to source.

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BlunderBabe Premium
yeah...what everyone else said. You could always link to the pdf from your site--but don't cut and paste it into your site. Either that, or allow readers to download the PDF directly from your website - I think, but am not 100% positive--that content in the PDF wouldn't have a negative impact on SEO, but cutting and pasting it would.

Double check on that though.
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edensbox Premium
With articles you find on the web whether pdf or otherwise, you want to write your content fresh and in your words. You can use them for the idea for your article, but as Darlene said, you should avoid duplicates at all cost. This will cause you negative ranking and you don't want that
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JennPGD Premium
Check their disclaimer - terms of use - anything... if they said, feel free to use it... then voila.. you are allowed, but always link back to where you get it from.. If it's copyrighted, beware of the dragon. :D
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bobbybub Premium
Thanks Darlene, That was my concern, and why I asked before I added it
When I site the source, do I provide a link to it, and if so, is that what is referred to as a backlink?
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DarleneJones Premium
i do believe so
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DarleneJones Premium
Duplicate content should be avoided at all costs. You can pull information and site your sources but NEVER duplcate
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