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Transcript of Integrating Quotes
A Walk Through
Not drop out of thin air.
fit into your
and too many quotes,
too many voices,
can overpower your own.
not just appear out
of thin air.
Some rules for integrating quotes.
Keep it smooth!
Remember, you want your quote to fit in
as naturally as possible to your writing.
So instead of boring your reader with this
The narrator describes seeing "the ship sitting on the coast."
Write something like this:
The narrator saw the ship and "the strange decorations on the sail that looked evil in the twilight."
Introduce and follow up on quotations.
A good writer usually writes
one sentence to introduce the quotation,
a second sentence that includes the quotation,
and a third sentence to comment on the
significance of the quotation (analysis!)
Before & After
Mrs. Peters sometimes appears to be almost supernatural.
For example, Glaspell describes her "look of seeing into things,
of seeing through a thing to something else . . ." (333).
However, this "look"really demonstrates a sense of intuition
rather than any magical powers.
Begin with an explanation
What are some good words to
use when integrating quotes?
A good writer refers to the author by his/her last name only. For example, Charlotte Brontë is called "Brontë" in essays. Similar to how we refer to Presidents by their last names!
A good writer talks about literature in the present tense, even if the work was produced in the past, or the story takes place in the past.
Always put quotation marks around the authors words!
Failing to indicate words that are not your own is considered plagiarism!
Some other things to
remember when writing:
Now, let's practice!
It's important to make sure the quote fits in with the rest of your writing. It's also important that there is more of your own original writing than quotations.
Can you feel it?
Choose the part of the quote that
is the most
that evokes a strong feeling or reaction.
According to James, "it was going to be a
long and tiring evening"
Alexa was so excited that "she tore the wrapping paper viciously off the presents."
He saw the ship sitting on the coast.
It was large and had strange decorations on the sail that looked evil in the twilight.
He decided to walk aboard.
Which part of this quote would be the most compelling? Which would be the least?
you want to
from statements like
"On page 24, the narrator says..." or
"In chapter three, the narrator describes..."
Now let's look at the three ways to integrate quotes.
Begin with quotation,
Insert quote in the middle of the sentence.
Begin with an explanation:
Even though Mrs. Wilmot appears to love her children to the rest of the world, “when her children were present, she always felt the center of her heart go hard.”
Begin with quotation
“She always felt the center of her heart go hard” when her children were around, but she appeared to be a loving mother to the rest of the world.
Insert quote in the middle of the sentence
Mrs. Wilmot “always felt the center of heart go hard” when her children were present, but to the rest of the world, she appears to be a loving mother.