9. Quoting Sources

Quoting the exact words of a source is a powerful way to support your thesis with other voices that are distinctive and eloquent.

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9.1  When and why to quote 0 of 2 quizzes completed

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When and why to quote

When and why to quote

Learn when using a direct quotation is a good method of incorporating source material into your paper.

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Recognize appropriate versus inappropriate uses of quotation

Use quotations when you need to present the exact words of another writer or source, but take care to avoid using quotations to speak for you.

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    Determining how to use quotations

    Learn how often you should use quotations in your research paper.

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    Determining when to use quotations

    Determine the appropriateness of when to quote.

9.2  Introducing quotations with signal phrases 0 of 2 quizzes completed

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Introducing quotations with signal phrases

Introducing quotations with signal phrases

Transitioning between your own ideas and another writer’s ideas can be tricky, so it is important in a research paper to let your readers know which ideas are yours and which are not.

Example

Use signal phrases to integrate quotations

Different disciplines have varying guidelines, but it is always a good idea to provide readers with introductory words that provide context for your use of a quotation.

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    Choosing signal verbs

    Consider when to use signal phrases to introduce a quote.

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    Integrating ideas smoothly

    Know how to use signal phrases to incorporate your sources into your research paper.

9.3  Embedding quotations in your sentences 0 of 2 quizzes completed

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Embedding quotations in your sentences

Embedding quotations in your sentences

To help readers understand why you have used a particular quotation, you’ll need to carefully weave them into your research paper.

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Use ellipses [. . .] and brackets to signal changes

Sometimes to integrate quotations smoothly into your work, you will need to omit words, condense material, or add needed words to a passage. Always use punctuation to alert readers to any changes from the original source.

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    Providing context

    Understand the importance of providing context for quotations.

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    Weaving quotes into your sentences

    Recognize how to weave quotes into your research paper for utmost clarity.

9.4  Block quotations 0 of 2 quizzes completed

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Block quotations

Block quotations

Some quotes are so long that you will need to set them out in a blocked format to be easily read.

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Know how to incorporate long and shorter quotations

When incorporating long quoted passages into your work, follow your discipline’s guidelines for setting them off from the rest of your text.

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    Formatting block quotes

    Format and punctuate block quotes correctly.

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    Integrating block quotes

    Know how to integrate block quotes in your research paper.

9.5  Citing quotations 0 of 2 quizzes completed

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Citing quotations

Citing quotations

Since you have quoted lines and research that is not yours, it’s always important to fully cite and credit your original source.

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Quotations require citation

Include citation information for any quotation you include in your research project.

Quizzes

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    Understanding documentation format

    Know the different documentation styles for quotations.

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    Using appropriate documentation

    Use appropriate documentation for your quotes.