How to Quote Something or Someone

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When quoting something or someone, always use quotation marks, credit the individual who said it and include a context of time and place to help clarify its relevance. Use basic copyrighting and citation rules when quoting someone with advice from a former classroom instructor in this free video on writing.

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Hi, I'm Laura from youngwritersworkshops.com, and I'm going to talk about how to quote someone or something. An important thing to remember is the use of quotation marks. You always enclose the quote...a direct quote with opening quotes at the beginning and then the closing quotes at the end. It's very important to attribute the statement, so say, the name of the person who said it. For example, John Adams said. And then, also within that idea also include the context for which the statement was made. You might provide a setting or a time frame for when the statement was made, or what it was referring to. Maybe what publication it appeared in. This helps the reader to understand why this statement was made, why the person said what they said. Then you also want to not use too much of a quote, so don't make the quote so long that it distracts from your writing. Keep it concise, but yet at the same time, something coherent that will allow the reader to understand the context accurately and not be misunderstood. So, those are some basic rules to remember about how to quote someone or something.

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