· Use quotes to support and validate your opinions.
· Good quotes should support the thesis.
· Always introduce your quotes—they should not be their own sentence.
· When quoting, your analysis should be as long as the quote, and do not run quotes together. A sentence analyzing the first quote and the introduction of the second at the very least should come between them.
· Quotes do not make good transitions, so do not end a paragraph with a quote. End with the analysis of the quote, which should tie the quote to your thesis.
· Try to avoid using quotes in the introduction unless they are the crux of your argument. The introduction is the time to introduce your topic and argument; it is not time to begin proving the argument.
· You should be finished with your argument before you begin to conclude, therefore avoid quoting in the conclusion.
The views and opinions expressed in this page are strictly those of Michele Reese. The contents of this page have not been reviewed or approved by the University of South Carolina.