A quote can be an effective and powerful literary tool in an essay, but it needs to be done well. To use quotes in an essay, you need to make sure your quotes are short, backed up with explanations, and used rarely. The best essays use a maximum of 2 quotes for every words. Long quotes in essays are red flags for teachers. Too many students provide quotes that take up half of a paragraph.
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Properly placed quotes add power and detail to your essay writing. Putting the right expert observation in the right place can make an essay shine. Don't allow improper formatting to distract your reader. Proper formatting of quotes, attributions and citations differs slightly depending on whether you are using Modern Language Association or American Psychological Association style, but general principles apply to both. Check with your instructor to determine the precise style desired. Begin and end short quotations with double quotation marks.
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Published on May 21, by Shona McCombes. Quotation marks also known as speech marks, quotes or inverted commas are used to set off direct speech and quotations. In academic writing, you need to use quotation marks when you quote a source. This includes quotes from published works and primary data such as interviews. The exception is when you use a block quote , which should be set off and indented without quotation marks.
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