How can I use a Quotation Mark? • Use quotation marks to set off quoted language • Use quotation marks for titles of shorter pieces of works (see italics/underlining vs. quotation marks PowerPoint)
Quotation Marks in Non-Cited Dialogue • He asked, “Won’t you go with me to Juan’s party?” • “I will,” she said, “join you at the party when I get off work.” • “Excellent. I will see you there,” Mark said. Note that there are no citations here, as this is dialogue. Also note where commas are being placed in each example.
Quotation Marks in Cited Dialogue • Jones argues that “politics are the devil’s work” (190). • “Voters,” he contends, “often don’t pick a candidates based on their policies, but how they look” (Jones 190). • “Many politicians use mudslinging as a main way to get the popular vote,” the author claims (Jones 190). Note that these are cited, as if they would exist in your paper. The citations are in MLA format. Also note where commas are (and are not) placed in each example. Lastly, note where (and what) punctuation is being used.
For More Information about Quotation Marks • For more information about using signal phrases and documentation (he said, the author stated, etc.), see the ICE PowerPoint • For more information about using quotation marks with titles, see the Underlining/Italics vs. Quotation Mark PowerPoint