This version of How to Quote and Cite a Poem in an Essay Using MLA Format was reviewed by Jamie Korsmo on March 28, 2017.
Using direct quotes in essays is a great way to support your ideas with concrete evidence and to make your argument come alive. Also it helps to support your topic or your , if you want your essay to look professional, then you have to know how to cite quotes correctly, whether you 're using MLA or APA style. And remember: if you use a quote but don't give credit to the original author, that is considered plagiarism. In addition to putting the quotes in the essay, you'll have to provide a reference page at the end of your essay. If you want to know how to put a quote in an essay, see Step 1 below to get started.
Sometimes, the quotes you want to use in your essay will be longer than 20 words, which means that you will need to introduce it with a colon, remove quote marks, and then indent the quote. Before you just start resorting to quotes this long, you need to ask yourself if it really contributes to the essay argument. If you do still want to use it, there are two options to consider:
When you integrate quotations in this way, you do not use any special punctuation. Instead, you should punctuate the sentence just as you would if all of the words were your own. No punctuation is needed in the sentences above in part because the sentences do not follow the pattern explained under number 1 and 2 above: there is not a complete sentence in front of the quotations, and a word such as "says," "said," or "asks" does not appear directly in front of the quoted words.
Margaret Reardon points out that today's economy cars are "better equipped" to handle accidents than the smaller cars of the past.