When you use a phrase, sentence, or paragraph from a source in your own work, it is considered a direct quotation of that source.

When should you quote?

  • Direct quotes might seem like a simple way to to incorporate your research into your writing, but they should only be used if there's something special about the language used (i.e. if it is especially well phrased or distinctive)
  • The quotation from the source should be accompanied by your own analysis. Don't let a quotation stand in for your own explanation.
  • Make sure your quotations correctly represent what the author was saying. Don't quote someone out of context or in a way that they can be misinterpreted.
  • Don't forget to cite the original source of your quotation, including the page number(s).