Answered By: Gabe Gossett
Last Updated: Jan 14, 2016     Views: 79

  • Use direct quotes when the original version makes the point more clearly, succinctly, or aesthetically than you could.
  • Whenever possible, integrate quotations into your own sentences by:
    • Using a phrase such as “according to Brad Jones,” or “as Garcia observes” to introduce the quote
    • Attaching the quoted material to some of your own language
  • When you incorporate quotations into your own sentences, be sure the quotation uses the grammar of the original sentence.
  • If you use ellipsis points (...) to omit words or shorten quotations, make sure you do not distort the intention or meaning of the original.  The same holds true for using brackets ([]) when you need to add words or letters in order to have the sentence make sense grammatically.

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