What is a quotation?
A quote is a statement that is identical to the original, using exact wording of a narrow segment of the source material (either written or spoken). Quotes match the original source word for word and must be attributed to the original author.
When should I quote?
Using quotations is the easiest way to include source material. However, quotations should be used sparingly. Use quotations to support your ideas, rather than writing a paper that is merely just a string of quotes with only occasional input from you. Use direct quotations only when an idea is better expressed when using the original author's own words.
A few good reasons to quote...
Adapted from San Francisco State University: Using Someone Else's Words (page no longer available as of 6/15/16) and University of Houston Victoria: Decide When to Quote, Paraphrase, and Summarize
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