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Remember: You want a smooth transition, (like from Justin Bieber to teen girls screaming) not an abrupt change (like from Justin Bieber to March Madness). Integrating Quotations
Tips for Integrating Quotations Slim down the quotation until it’s ONLY what is absolutely necessary. Remember, we assume our reader has read the text. Quotations should not be more than 3 lines (for this essay). Never leave a quotation hanging. Always introduce it, and follow it up with analysis. Analysis means adding your own interpretation, not regurgitating the quotation. Remember, the function of the quotation is to be a proof. Be careful to use quotations that work for you.
Options for Integration Complete statement + colon (:) + quotation Katniss is torn between two love interests: “Gale and Peeta are both so dreamy, I don’t know how I’ll ever choose between them” (Everdeen 924). Signal phrase + comma (,) + quotation Katniss reasons, “Gale is better at hunting, but Peeta is better at baking” (237). Full integration Katniss demonstrates her mad archery skills when she kills the District 1 tribute “swifter than Legolas” (411).
IMPORTANT FORMATTING NOTE! The citation should come DIRECTLY after the quotation, before the punctuation. Citation = (Author Last Name #Page#) No commas! Example: Katniss is torn between two love interests: “Gale and Peeta are both so dreamy, I don’t know how I’ll ever choose between them” (Everdeen 924). Note: When you’re citing the same text as the last quotation, you may leave out the author’s name. Example: Katniss reasons, “Gale is better at hunting, but Peeta is better at baking” (237).
Analyzing Quotations Do not rehash the facts. Interpret the meaning and/or significance of the quotation. Ask yourself: Why have I chosen to include it? What is behind the words? How does it prove my thesis/point? Do NOT EVER say: “This quote shows...”/ “In this quote...” (Or anything like that.)
Recap Quiz! Integrating Quotations How many options do we have for integrating quotations?
Recap Quiz! Integrating Quotations What are some things you must NEVER do while integrating quotations?
Sneaky Details Periods/punctuation come AFTER the citation parenthesis. Quotations WITHIN quotations automatically change to single (not regular double) quotation marks. You may shorten quotations by adding ellipses (…) so long as the meaning and grammar aren’t distorted. You may clarify quotations by adding necessary information in brackets.
MLA has serious identity issues, and hates when it gets called a bibliography - or worse, a list of sources. MLA Works Cited
MLA: Works Cited Formula Author Last Name, First Name. Title of Work. City of Publication: Publisher Name, Year. Medium. Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 1997. Print. This is the standard formula for a basic text – a book by a single author. BUT we didn’t read the short stories in single books, we read them in an anthology…
MLA: Text in an Anthology Author Last Name, First Name. “Title of Work.” Title of Anthology. Ed. Editor Name. City of Publication: Publisher Name, Year. Page numbers of work. Medium. Thurber, James. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” Imprints 11. Ed. Dom Saliani et. al. Toronto: Gage Learning, 2001. 33-37. Print. Books are underlined, while stories/poems/articles/essays are placed in quotation marks. If the work has been translated, put the translator’s name after the title of the work with “Trans.” before it.
Recap Quiz! MLA Citations Correct this article entry: Tim Tebow, “Why I Don’t Wear Jeggings” Fashion Quarterly. Ed. Lady Gaga. NFL Publishing: New York, 2011, 3-103. There are (at least) 5 things wrong with that.
Recap Quiz! MLA & Integrating Quotations True or False? A: The function of a quotation is analysis. False - It’s proof! B: Short story titles are underlined. False - That’s for book titles! C: Analysis MUST ALWAYS follow a quotation. True x 1 million! D: The longer the quotation, the better. False - Don’t bore the reader!
Some essential, crucial, important, necessary, critical, indispensible, and absolutely vital minor details. Essay Writing
Essay Writing - Structure This essay should be 5 paragraphs. Your thesis should NOT be the first sentence. The title and author of each work must be included in your thesis/introduction. Every body paragraph needs a topic sentence that states your point and subpoints. Use transitional language to move you between ideas/paragraphs.
Essay Writing - Format Double space But NOT again between paragraphs DO indent the beginning of each paragraph 12 point font (Times New Roman) Regular (1 inch) margins