Choose a quote that fits the tone and focus of the essay.
For instance, a humorous quote does not set up a paper on slavery well.
She holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Northern Colorado.
Used effectively, quotations can provide important pieces of evidence and lend fresh voices and perspectives to your narrative.
For example, a paper written for gamers could use a quote from a game designer like Steve Jackson while one aimed at artists might quote from a painter like Paul Gauguin.
Avoid tacking a quote on at the start of your paper just so you can say you have one.Add information about the source if needed for context, such as, "As Ancient Greek historian Herodotus said ..." Then follow proper documentation format so your reader can find the source.Used ineffectively, however, quotations can clutter your text and interrupt the flow of your argument.This handout will help you decide when and how to quote like a pro. You have probably been told by teachers to provide as much evidence as possible in support of your thesis.Instead, explain the relationship of the quote to your paper's topic, giving relevance and value to the quote.For a paper explaining how to train a dog, a quote from a famous dog trainer like Cesar Millan should be followed up with a comment about how this quote emphasizes that no dog's behavioral problems mean obedience is beyond reach, connecting the quote to the paper's point.For a general audience, a quote from a pop culture celebrity or popular program makes a good choice.For more specific audiences, select a source fitting the reader.All quotes need proper acknowledgment to explain where you got your information and maintain your credibility.If the speaker is important, give that person's name in a signal phrase.