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.
Adapted from Purdue OWL: Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing (opens in a new window).
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.
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 (opens in a new window).
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