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Quotation

What is quoting?

When you copy another person’s exact words, this is called quoting (or quotation).

You should surround the copied words with quotation marks "."

The purpose of a quote is to help support your idea. When you use a quote from a famous person, it can make your idea stronger.

When should I quote?

If you use two or more exact words from another person, you must use quotation marks.

It is best to paraphrase, but sometimes you might want to to use exact words.

For example:

  • The words of a famous person or specialist
  • The words from a movie or song

Never use quotation when you are giving facts!

The words in facts are not important.

Therefore, you should always paraphrase facts.

How do I quote?

The purpose of a quote is to help support your idea. Therefore, you should always remind the reader of your idea.

Let’s look at an example from an AAU essay:

Picasso believes that art should not be complex. He says, “art is the elimination of the unnecessary.”

What is the student’s own idea about Picasso?

Art should not be complex

Which words from Picasso does the student quote?

“art is the elimination of the unnecessary”

Review

  • A quote is someone else’s exact words; it is written between quotation marks.
  • The purpose of a quote is to help support your own idea.
  • When you include a quote, you should also remind the reader of your specific idea.