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Using Quotations: Shortening Quotes With Ellipses

Last updated 10/30/2016

 

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Audio: Guitar music plays.

 

Visual: Slide changes to the title “Shortening Quotes with Ellipses” and the following:

Quotes over 40 words require block quote formatting

“The unmarked hierarchies in US college composition have long assumed basic writing and second language writing were ancillary activities and institutions at the margins, orbiting around the mainstream English” (Trimbur, 2016, para. 19).

Audio: I would like to tell you about a little bit of a shortcut that you can use to keep those quotes under 40 words. If you find one that's really close and you definitely want to use it, you can use an ellipsis. The ellipsis is those three little dots and you can use one within a quote to make it shorter for your purposes. So here's an example of a quote that's over 40 words.

 

Visual: The following example is added to the screen:

According to Trimbur (2016), “The unmarked hierarchies in US college composition have long assumed basic writing and second language writing were...orbiting around the mainstream English” (para. 19).

Audio: So I cut out the extra phrasing that wasn't super important to the point that I was trying to make here and that's something I want you to keep in mind when you're using a quote, too, to make sure that all the information in the quote is getting at your point because sometimes quotes take a little bit of a you know, sideline or a tangent or maybe, you know, they only really get to the part that you want to quote later in the quote, in which case you can start later or you can use one of these ellipsis to help shorten it.

 

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