Using Quotes Effectively
At some point in writing any piece, you will want to use quotations to help support an argument. Here are some ideas to ensure you that you use them in the most effective way possible.
- Paraphrase long quotes. If you’re going to quote an entire paragraph of material from a source, just paraphrase the words and integrate them in your own sentences. Or paraphrase some parts while quoting notable lines and passages. Doing so helps you avoid block quotes that can end up breaking the flow and continuity of your own arguments and ideas.
- Use quotes to spur discussion, not conclude it. A quote should not be made to stand as a concluding statement for any argument or point. A good way to ensure is to refrain from ending any paragraph with quoted material.
- Avoid summaries. No one appreciates summaries, unless they’re reading specifically to read a summary. Lacking original thought and analysis, they remove any potentially engaging quality to make the reader pay attention.
- Quotes that counter your arguments can be very effective. Not all quotes you include have to be in direct support of your points. Presenting an opposing view that you can refute can be just as effective for making your case.