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Transcript of Incorporating Quotations
Quotations Quotations as Evidence Step 1: Research
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Step 3: Finished! To provide statistical evidence or testimony
To argue with an author's definition of a term
To present a statement to discuss in more detail Actually, the first step is DON'T PANIC. Quotations are your friend. They will help you prove your point. Pitfall: Using too many quotations Using too many quotations can make you sound less authoritative than your sources. Content taken from a U of Houston Clear Lake Writing Center handout How NOT to Use Quotes: -Don't use quotes to start or end paragraphs -Don't introduce quotations with the same verb or sentence structure every time -Don't just "sprinkle" in quotes after writing your paper. Quotes should be an integral part of your argument -No "stand alone quotes." A quotation cannot be a sentence by itself 1. Introduce the quote Signal your quote by introducing it with your own words that connect it to your own point/argument: George Smith, another supporter of cloning and the President of the Human Cloning Foundation, believes that science fiction works have created hysteria in the popular media. Smith argues, “From Frankenstein to The Sixth Day, our popular media has done nothing but stir up the public’s anxiety about monsters” (25). His views on the popular media tell us . . . 2. Explain the quote and how it is evidence for your own argument As a general rule, make sure you are using more words to talk about the quote than are in the quote itself. Pitfall: Not explaining your quotations Quotations don't speak for themselves. Explain how each quotation supports your point. With the successful integration of quotations, your paper can be a success!