Quoth the raven, "Nevermore." Perhaps our feathered friend was referring to this set of rules for using quotations in your essay...although we wouldn't listen to everything the raven has to say. Birds live by a totally different set of rules.
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fall flat in an essay about modern Japanese literature.
You should also establish that you’re quoting from a reputable source.
“Paul from the neighborhood” might have kept an impressive diary during his trip to
Japan… …but wouldn’t a quote from, say, Haruki
Murakami <<huh-ROO-kee moo-rah-KAHM-ee>> leave a stronger impression on your reader?
It’s appropriate to use a quotation when someone else has already said what you want
to say so eloquently that rewording would take away its power…
… or when you wish to use a source that will strengthen the credibility of the point
you’re trying to make. You can also use a quotation if you wish to
analyze a specific passage. Okay, so… once we pick them, where do we
put them? Placement is key. Where are you really hoping
to illustrate your point?
… For example, maybe you want the magic to happen at the end of a paragraph or section.
Always prepare your reader for quotations. They shouldn’t just arrive unannounced.
Aim for smooth integration into the rest of your paper.
Start with your own words, and use linking verbs to introduce a quotation.
Try words such as explains, asserts, argues, concludes, and states…
“Marsha,” Randy explains, “I invited the quotations to dinner.”
Less is more. Quotations should account for no more than 10% of your essay.
Finally, be sure to follow the punctuation guidelines for quotations…
… MLA, APA, and Chicago Style are the most common format authorities.
Each has a unique set of rules for handling periods, commas, brackets, and long quotations.
Now that you know how and when to use quotations, you’re going to see a big improvement in
And you can quote us on that.