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How to Use Quotes in an Essay

How to Use Quotes in an Essay

Quotations can be either direct or indirect. Direct quotations are those that you literally copy from your source, without alterations. Indirect quotations are those which you paraphrase, but literally they have the same thought as the original copy.

Writers from essaywritingservice.ca remind that using quotations in an essay will depend largely on what style you are using. It could be the American Psychological Association (APA) Style, the Modern Language (MLA) Style, or any other writing style that is being used in the academe. For each style, there are certain principles and guidelines that student should follow.

APA, for instance, requires the citation of the last name and the year the source was published at the end of the statement where you used a direct or indirect quote. Here’s an example of a direct quote: “I pinched my face. Was I still alive? Was I awake? I could not believe it. How could it be possible for them to burn people, children, and for the world to keep silent? No, none of this could be true. It was a nightmare,”.

For MLA, what you need is the last name of the author and the page number where you took the quotation. Here’s how it should look like: “I pinched my face. Was I still alive? Was I awake? I could not believe it. How could it be possible for them to burn people, children, and for the world to keep silent? No, none of this could be true. It was a nightmare,”.

If it is an indirect quote, your quotation should look like this: In his description, Wiesel pinched his face questioning his existence. He said he could not believe what was happening. He started to question how is it possible for men to burn their fellow people, even the children, and yet, the world kept silent.

The appearance of your quotations should follow the style of writing you are using.

Generally, though, you’ll have to use quotation marks to indicate that you’re quoting someone.

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