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tips for including quotes in your feature article

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    • Quotes Direct quotations involve incorporating another person's exact words into your own writing. http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/577/01/
    • Using Quotes
      • Quotes help to bring your subject to life and add interest to the article.
      • Quotes must do more than just duplicate real speech.
      • Adding quotes consists of the most exciting, most interesting, most emotional, and most dramatic words.
    • Rule #1
      • Quotation marks always come in pairs.
      • Do not open a quotation and fail to close it at the end of the quoted material.
    • Rule #2
      • Capitalize the first letter of a direct quote when the quoted material is a complete sentence.
      • Example: Mr. Johnson, who was working in his field that morning, said, "The alien spaceship appeared right before my own two eyes."
    • Rule #3
      • Do not use a capital letter when the quoted material is a fragment or only a piece of the original material's complete sentence.
      • Example: Although Mr. Johnson has seen odd happenings on the farm, he stated that the spaceship "certainly takes the cake" when it comes to unexplainable activity.
    • Rule #4
      • If a direct quotation is interrupted mid-sentence, do not capitalize the second part of the quotation.
      • Example: "I didn't see an actual alien being," Mr. Johnson said, "but I sure wish I had."
    • Rule #5
      • In all the examples above, note how the period or comma punctuation always comes before the final quotation mark.
    • Rule #6
      • Quotations are most effective if you use them sparingly and keep them relatively short.