Quoting Instructions. Research Process. Anytime you copy something from another text word for word, it must be put in quotes. If it is already in quotes, use 3 quotes marks; if not, use 2. Rule #1. Q uotes MUST have a lead in.
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Benton says, ‘“This is unbelievable’”
Notice there are 3 quote marks because
this was already in quotes.
The novel begins "inside the virtual-reality theater [where] thereare
twelve of Italy’s most powerful law enforcers and politicians, whose
names, in the main, forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta can’t keep
straight” (Cornwell 9).
Notice there are only 2 quote marks used because this passage was
not already in quotes. Brackets are used to show a word is inserted
that was not in the original.
The first murder is described: “Nine days ago,
American tennis star Drew Martin was
murdered while on vacation, her . . . body found
near Piazza Navona, in the heart of Rome’s historic
district” (Cornwell 9).
The lab is described in detail:
Inside her lab of old brick walls and fir-wood flooring is her computer domain, which is secured from outside world by bullet-and and hurricane-proof windows, the shades always drawn. Lucy sits before a work station that is connected to a sixty-four-gigabiteserver with a chassis built of 6 U unmountable racks. (Cornwell 93)
Is it common knowledge?
If yes, then don’t document it.
If no, then document it.