How to Use Quotes Effectively
Build Your Credibility
In almost any piece of written document, you will find yourself needing to refer to the works of others. Since writers are constantly making claims relative to other people, it is important to know how to use quotes correctly.
Please note that summarizing is completely different than quoting. Summarizing involves the writer’s use of paraphrasing another author’s idea. Summarizing is useful; however, too much summarizing can do a disservice to your paper.
By learning how to use quotes properly in your paper, you are allowing your paper to have a tremendous amount of credibility. By using the exact words of an author you are ensuring that the information you are stating is accurate.
Here are some tips on how to use quotes effectively:
Here are some sample introductory phrases to introduce your quote:
Notice that after the quote is written there is no period. The period follows the prentices which contains only the page number.
If you have not already introduced the author elsewhere in your paper, the prentices should contain the last name of the author and the page number, written like this: (Jones 4).
Remember that if you use quotes or make references that are not your own, you need to create a works cited page. For more information on how to create a works cited page, click here.
Here are some samples concluding sentences that help explain your quote:
Notice how this quote is introduced and provides an explanation to what the quote is actually saying.
Again, never assume your readers know what point you are trying to make.
Learning how to use quotes can seem time-consuming, but these are very simple templates that can guide you.
Remember quoting can help to integrate the author’s words more effectively. It also strengthens your argument and if you explained each quote, your readers will find your quoted references very credible.
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