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Introducing and referencing quotes

Introducing and referencing quotes

Author: Kathy Hanley
Description:
  1.   Explain how to introduce and reference short quotes in MLA style.

  2.   Explain how to introduce and reference longer block quotes in MLA style.

  3. Explain how to introduce and reference short quotes in APA style.

  4.   Explain how to introduce and reference longer block quotes in APA style.

This packet should help a learner seeking to understand English documentation and who is confused about how to incorporate quotes. It will explain the different formatting for short and long quotes in both MLA and APA styles.

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Tutorial

Introducing Quotes in Your Papers

Quotes are important elements in writing research papers or analysis papers.  Quotes need introdutions; they should not just be dropped into a paragraph without some context or signal phrase.  All quotations need to be cited. 

Signal phrases attribute the quote to its source or its speaker. 

Use a variety of verbs to avoid repetion of signal phrases. 

In APA style, verbs are in the past tense

For example:

MLA:  Dr. Johnson confirms

APA:  Dr. Johnson confirmed

MLA:  Evidence shows

APA:  Evidence showed

MLA:  The study's findings assert

APA:  The study's findings asserted

 

Source: Kathleen Hanley

How to reference short and longer quotations in MLA style

MLA style for short and long quotations

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Introducing and referencing Quotes APA Style

APA style for short and long quotations

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