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Using quotes in an essay

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Using quotes in an essay

  1. 1. Using Quotes in an Essay
  2. 2. Incorporating (“Weaving”) Quotes 1. Choose only the most relevant passage from a sentence or sentences. 2. “Weave” them into your own writing.
  3. 3. Example Beowulf and his men receive a warm welcome in Heorot. This is made clear when when Hrothgar’s men give their seats to the Geats. “Then Hrothgar’s men gave places to the Geats, Yielded benches to the brave visitors And led them to the feast.” (Beowulf 23)
  4. 4. Example (cont.) I incorporated just the piece of the passage I needed, and I “wove” it into my own sentence. Put citation after quote (or at end of sentence if quote is within sentence). Citation should include author’s last name and page number in parentheses with the period AFTER the parentheses. HOWEVER, if the author is unknown (as with Beowulf), use the title instead of the author’s name. Always italicize titles when typing; underline them when hand writing: Beowulf OR Beowulf Beowulf and his men receive a warm welcome in Heorot. This is made clear when when “Hrothgar’s men gave places to the Geats, Yielded benches to the brave visitors” (Beowulf 23).
  5. 5. Altering Quotes So They Fit Your Essay 1. Use ellipses (…) to indicate that something has been omitted from the quote. 2. Use brackets ([ ]) to replace a word/phrase and add a word/phrase to a quote.
  6. 6. Beowulf and his men receive a warm welcome in Heorot. This is made clear when when “Hrothgar’s men gave places to the Geats, [y]ielded benches to the brave visitors” (Beowulf 23). Example (cont.) To make the capitalization appropriate, I changed the capital “Y” to a lower case “y” and put it in brackets. The same technique can and should be used when you need to make verb tense, pronouns, etc. consistent

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