Using Quotations. You can QUOTE me on that. A quote is the exact wording of a statement from a source. Quotes make an essay more believable; they are evidence that can support your thesis. Opinions supported by quoted text are evidence of good reading and thoughtful responses.
A quote is the exact wording of a statement from a source.
Quotes make an essay more believable; they are evidence that can support your thesis.
Opinions supported by quoted text are evidence of good reading and thoughtful responses.
There are several types of quotes.
Quotes printed word for word exactly as the author wrote them are direct quotes.These words appear inside quotation marks. The attribution word appears outside the quotation marks. The attribution is the phrase that tells who said it - where you got the information.
(And you will still need to cite your source.)
Sometimes it might work better to use a portion of a quote to convey the information than to use an entire quote. To do this, put only the quoted words inside quotation marks.
Use partial quotes when you need to use a speaker’s exact words but the entire direct quote might be too long or too confusing for the reader.
In his novel, Styles at LCC, author Harry Skaulp states that spiked hair is a“part of our cultural heritage, not merely a symbol of rebellion,”adding that he thinks nose piercing should be mandatory.
Never just drop a quotation into your paper. Always introduce it and explain it with your own prose.
There are three main ways to introduce quotations. These include:
As Bob is being beaten, he hopes he“will become unconscious but [he] can’t.”
Bob appraises Mrs. Harrison derisively, stating that“she looked so complacent, sitting there in her two-hundred dollar chair [. . . ] bought with dough her husband had made overcharging poor hard-working colored people for his incompetent services, that I had a crazy impulse to needle her.”
To describe his childlike consciousness, Wright explains,“Each event spoke with a cryptic tongue. And the moments of living slowly revealed their coded meanings.”
After going to Memphis and boarding with Mrs. Moss, Wright wonders,“Was it wise to remain here with a seventeen-year-old girl eager for marriage and a mother equally anxious to have her marry me?”
Bob’s description of Madge emphasizes her fake appearance:“She was a peroxide blonde with a large-featured, overly made-up face, and she had a large, bright-painted, fleshy mouth.”
Richard Wright explains his reasons for writing:“I was striving for a level of expression that matched those of the novels I read.”
Wright describes how his mother’s illness
My mother’s suffering grew into a
symbol in my mind, gathering to itself
all the poverty, the ignorance, the
helplessness; the painful, baffling,
hunger-ridden days and hours; the
restless moving, the futile seeking, the uncertainty, the fear, the dread. (Wright 29)
Author’s last name and page number(s) of quote must appear in the text
Romantic poetry is characterized by the“spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.”(Wordsworth 263)
Wordsworth stated that Romantic poetry was marked by a“spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings.”(263)