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Used effectively, using quotations can add a great deal of credibility to an essay. The context of the quote needs to appropriately applied and generally speaking the quote should be relatable and be taken from what others would consider an academic resource. It’s a great way to support your original ideas with concrete evidence in support of your thesis statement. There are a number of key rules you should know about using quotes, however. So we’ve created this short article to help you:
Short quotations are used for anything that makes up fewer than 4 typed lines. If you have quotation that you would like to use that meets this simple criteria then all you have to do is enclose the quotation within parenthesis and add citation information. You have a few different stylistic choices when it comes to adding the citation information. One choice is to include the page and the author’s name where the quote can be found in parenthesis at the end of the sentence. For example:
Researchers have concluded that “children are more likely to learn difficult subjects when encouragement is present in the household” (Davis 146).
An alternative to this is including the author’s name within your sentence as a signal for the quote. For example:
According to Davis, “children are more likely to learn difficult subjects when encouragement is present in the household” (146).
Quotations that are four typed lines or more should be placed in free-standing blocks of text without any quotation marks. The blocks should be indented one inch from the left margin with double-line spacing throughout. You can either use or signal statement with the author’s name leading into the quote or include citation information at the end of the quotation.
Some block quotes can be really long and it’s preferred that you omit unnecessary words or phrases if they don’t relate to the point you are trying to make. In these cases you should use ellipses. In the case, where you need to add words place the added words within brackets.
Finally, you should include complete citation information in a works cited list placed at the end of your essay. It should include the author’s last name, first name, the name of the work, publisher’s name, publication city, and publication year. If the work is part of a larger work such as a journal then include the article or essay name in quotations before the title of the larger work.
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