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

  1. Incorporate short direct quotes into a sentence. A short quote is anything that is shorter than 4 typed lines.
  2. Use a lead-in to introduce the quote. The lead in provides some context to the quote.
  3. Put quotation marks around the direct quote.
  4. 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

  1. Put the citation in the text using parentheses. MLA formatting requires you to use in-text citations for prose plays.
  2. Cite the author’s name. Note the author’s full last name first in the citation.
  3. Note the title of the play. After the author’s last name, put in a comma.
  4. Include the page number and the act number.