Incorporating Quotes in Research Papers
First Time a Source is Used:
When you are using a source for the
, you have to properly introduce the source in
order to make the information clear to the reader, avoid plagiarism and develop your own
bility (ethos). Here is a check list to help you do that.
To correctly incorporate a quote, you must:
state the author’s name
establish the author’s credibility
name the title of the author’s text
____ include a completed sentence telling
readers what the author is doing
____In a new sentence,
e a verb to lead into the quoted passage
___ After the close of the quote, put the page number the quote was founded on in
In her article “Warfare Is Only an Invention
a Biological Necessity,” Margaret Mead, the
famous American cultural anthropologist,
makes an assertion about warfare. She claims
are peoples even t
oday who have no warfare” (417).
Consecutive Times a Source is Used:
Once you have introduced you
r source the first time, you do not need to include the full
introduction when using information from that same source. All you need to do is name the
author’s last name and provide the page number.
attempted to raise “liberat
ed, nonviolent sons whose aggressive tendencies would be
mollified by a sensitivity and compassion” (17).
If you choose not to name the author in the beginning of the sentence, you need to
his/her last name in the parenthesis along with the page number.
One of the major causes of abuse is the use of alcohol or drugs
. In fact, “Alcohol is almost
always involved in family violence. Up to 80% of all cases involve drinking, whether before,
during or after the critical incident” (Somers 310).
after you have already identified the author, author’s credibility,
and his or her text earlier in your paper.
Verbs to Help you When Incorporating Quotes
Note the present tense. Be sure you know the meaning of the word before using it.