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Using Quotations: When to Use a Quote

Last updated 10/30/2016

 

Visual: The screen shows the Walden University Writing Center logo along with a pencil and notebook. “Walden University Writing Center.” “Your writing, grammar, and APA experts” appears in center of screen. The background changes to a the title of the video with a library shelf of books as a background.

Audio: Guitar music plays.

 

Visual: Slide changes to the title “When to Use a Quote” and the following:

  1. Exactly what you’d like to say
  2. Too specific or full of factual information to paraphrase
  3. You can use a portion of the quote
  4. If the quote is not too long

Audio: When to use a quote. You can use a quote when it is exactly verbatim what you would like to say. When what you're quoting is just too specific or full of factual information to paraphrase. So that's a great place to use those partial quotes when you can use a portion of the phrasing inside of your own unique sentence to help make your point is a great way to use a quote. And if the quote is not too long. So if it's not over those 40 words, if it wouldn't require a big block quotation.

 

Visual: Slide changes to the title “Questions to Ask Before Using a Quote” and the following list of questions:

  • How does this quote connect to my thesis?
  • How does it connect to the topic of this paragraph?
  • What does it really mean or imply?
  • Can I rephrase it in my own words?
  • Is there a portion of the quote I’d like to use rather than the entire quote?
  • Is what I’d like to quote paraphrased or already quoted information?

Audio: And before you use a quote, you should ask yourself some questions. So you can ask yourself: How does this quote connect to my thesis? How does it connect to the topic of this paragraph? What does it really mean or imply? Can I rephrase it in my own words? You'll also want to consider, is there a portion of the quotes that I could use instead of the entire quote, and is what I would like to quote paraphrased or already quoted information?  APA states to be sure to use primary sources rather than secondary sources whenever possible. And if you're quoting something, then you should be quoting that author's unique idea, right? You want to quote their analysis, their explanations and if they’re talking about somebody else, then you should go find that original source to quote them more directly.

 

Visual: “Walden University Writing Center. Questions? E-mail writingsupport@waldenu.edu” appears in center of screen.

Audio: Guitar music.