Research-based writing includes quotations from sources. When including quotations, you should not only cite the source correctly, but also integrate the quotation seamlessly into your own sentences.
When you use a quotation in your writing…
- Introduce the quotation.
- Cite the quotation.
- Follow the quotation with your own explanation.
- Read back the sentence. It should make sense and read fluently.
The family remained hopeful that Mr. McCourt would “get a job soon” (30), so they instilled a sense of security in the children.
The quotation (“get a job soon”) flows seamlessly within the writer’s own sentence.
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||Use the . . . (called an elipsis) when you are removing one or more words from the quotation.
||Original quote: "Firefighters are cautiously optimistic that the fire is not going to continue to spread if weather conditions continue to hold" (Ford).|
New quote: "Firefighters are cautiously optimistic . . . if weather conditions continue to hold" (Ford).
||Use this abbreviation to indicate that there is a grammatical error in the quote itself; you know it's there, but you aren't correcting it because it's a direct quotation.
||Original quote: "Some 2,800 people are effected" (Ford).|
"effected" should be "affected"
New quote: "Some 2,800 people are effected [sic]" (Ford).
||Use the slash / to indicate a line break when quoting a play or poem.
||"He hath an uncle here in Messina will be very much / glad of it" (I.i.23-24).|