Quote Integration

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Quote Integration Using quotes from the text is an important way to support your ideas. In most papers, I would expect at least 3-4 really strong quotations used to prove your topic. The important word in the last sentence is “prove.” You do NOT use quotations to establish facts from the story. You use quotations to PROVE something. For example – I don’t need a quotation from the book to tell me that Tom Robinson is found guilty. I have read To Kill a Mockingbird and I know that he is found guilty. Be sure you are using quotations not to pad your paper, but to strengthen it. There are a few different ways to integrate quotations from the text into your writing. Without them, it simply looks like you are just talking off …show more content…

She clearly wants to go to see Boo Radley, not because… -Example for dialogue: Scout is constantly complaining about being left behind by Jem and Dill. Never are these feelings more evident than in her conversation with Jem: “Let me go,” I said. “No Scout, you can’t” “You never let me go anywhere. If you don’t let me go this time I’m gonna tell Atticus on the both of you.” She clearly wants to go to see Boo Radley, not because… -You may not always need a full quote integration, but simply want to show that a character used a particular set of words, and you want to make sure that the reader of your paper knows that those are the character’s exact words. You should NOT use this method for anything more than a short phrase or clause and NEVER with multiple sentence quotations. Jem constantly tells Scout that she needs to “stop acting like a girl” because she pesters him with concerns about his safety. -Finally, when a quote is given inside a quote, single quotations are used. Just for a point of clarification, let’s start with an example that doesn’t need single quotations: According to Scout, Jem says, “Why don’t you stop bothering me?” Now, if we include some of Scout’s words, we need to use double and then single quotations: Scout says, “So I went and asked Jem what he thought, but he said, ‘Why don’t you stop bothering me?’” Please note the end


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