Putting Quotes in a Paper


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A lesson and follow up exercise on inserting quoted passages into an essay.

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Putting Quotes in a Paper

  1. 1. Quotes into a paper I found these passages, now how do I put them into my paper?
  2. 2. Using a colon – a dot over a dot : <ul><li>Set up the quote and then present it as proof of what you have just said. </li></ul><ul><li>That is, say something about the quote and then present it like it’s a video or an object you’re putting on display. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a grammatical way of saying, “Here, see for yourself.” </li></ul>
  3. 3. Colon example <ul><li>The crew feasted on Helios’ cattle with relish: “Now six full days my gallant crew could feast / upon the prime beef they had marked for slaughter” (929-930). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Note that the phrase before the quote could stand on its own as a sentence. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We’ll discuss the punctuation in a minute. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Using NO punctuation <ul><li>You can mold the author’s words in as if they are your own. </li></ul><ul><li>In this case, you’ll probably be summarizing or paraphrasing the story and at some point decide that the writer’s words are better than yours. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Example of Using NO punctuation before the quote <ul><li>After Odysseus’ men were killed, he was left alone on the sea and began floating “north again, / straight for Charybdis” (965-966). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Note that if I took away the quotation marks, the sentence would flow just like I had written it. That’s when you know you don’t need punctuation. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your quotes can be little like this too, as long as they have the information you need. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Using commas with quotes <ul><li>You can introduce the quote with an introductory phrase that leads into the author’s phrasing. </li></ul><ul><li>This phrase cannot stand on its own as a sentence. </li></ul><ul><li>It will feel like you are writing a piece of dialog for a story. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Using commas cont’d <ul><li>You will use a comma after your introductory phrase or at the end of the quotation if it leads into another phrase within the sentence. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Examples of commas <ul><li>Before the quote: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When Odysseus killed Antinous, the suitors cried out, “Foul! to shoot at a man! That was your last shot!” (1432). </li></ul></ul><ul><li>At the end of the quote: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Let me bring you a shield and spear,” offers Telemachos to his battling father (1506). </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. How do you punctuate this? <ul><li>Reference lines in parentheses , but do not write down “p.” or any other abbreviation (56). </li></ul><ul><li>Periods : Periods go OUTSIDE the quotation marks, “after the line reference” (32). </li></ul><ul><li>We won’t worry about the line breaks during this unit – we’ll do that during Romeo and Juliet , but you may have seen what I did in the examples above. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Practice – punctuate these <ul><li>line 1468 </li></ul><ul><li>With anger in his heart, Odysseus declares to the suitors There will be killing till the score is paid </li></ul><ul><li>lines 1485-1486 </li></ul><ul><li>Once rallied, the suitors refused to die without a fight Then crying hoarse and loud he hurled himself at Odysseus. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Practice – punctuate these <ul><li>lines 1445-1446 </li></ul><ul><li>The suitors then realized Odysseus had returned and sickly green fear pulled at their entrails. </li></ul><ul><li>Lines 1393-1394 </li></ul><ul><li>Odysseus, the parent who had never been there, finally came through for his son Telemachus, the stranger you welcomed in your hall has not disgraced you. </li></ul>