Here’s the seven approaches I recommend for using quotes in essays:
- Avoid Long Quotes in Essays
- Do not use a Quote to that takes up a full Sentence, Starts a Sentence, or Ends a Paragraph
- Match Quotes with Explanations and Examples
- Use a Maximum of 2 Quotes for every 1500 words
- Always use page numbers when Citing Quotes in Essays
- Don’t Italicize Quotes
- Avoid quotes inside quotes
Other Question and Answers that can be helpful for you
1. How to properly use quotes in an essay?
- An MLA citation will look like this: (Lopez 24)
- For sources with multiple authors, separate their names with the word “and:” (Anderson and Smith 55-56) or (Taylor, Gomez, and Austin 89)
- If you use the author’s name in your lead-in to the quote, you just need to provide the year in parentheses: According to Luz Lopez, “the green grass symbolizes a
2. How do you put quotes in an essay?
Part 1 Part 1 of 4: Incorporating a Short Quote
- Incorporate short direct quotes into a sentence. A short quote is anything that is shorter than 4 typed lines.
- Use a lead-in to introduce the quote. The lead in provides some context to the quote.
- Put quotation marks around the direct quote.
- Provide commentary after a quote to explain how it supports your ideas.
3. How do you start an essay with a quote?
- Use the quote as a sentence predicate. The subject of the sentence will be the person who said the quote, and the verb will most likely be a synonym of
- Preview the content of the quote.
- Begin with the quote.
4. How do you cite quotes in an essay?
Method 3 Method 3 of 4: Citing a Quote from a Prose Play
- Put the citation in the text using parentheses. MLA formatting requires you to use in-text citations for prose plays.
- Cite the author’s name. Note the author’s full last name first in the citation.
- Note the title of the play. After the author’s last name, put in a comma.
- Include the page number and the act number.