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Quotations form a major part of academic writings. Adding direct quotes to any piece of writing is very important as it helps in expanding upon the idea you have in mind as also acts as the evidence for the same. Quotes are also important as they usually support the arguments in the essay and hence can be used to develop the thesis statement. Therefore, for a paper to look well-written and to leave the impression of one which cannot be accused of plagiarism, it is very vital to understand how to correctly incorporate quotes in it.
Quotation marks are usually employed or used when writing a wide range of works including articles, journals, books, compositions, manuscripts, play scripts among others. Quotation marks symbol resembles double or single commas with the opening quotation marks being inverted and the closing quotation marks being normal (upright) double or single commas. Hence, visually, quotation marks may be single quotation marks (‘…’) or double quotation marks (“…”).
In writing, we are always required to provide evidence for every argument we make. Therefore, we have to cite other people’s work in our papers. This is usually in the form of quotations. In some cases, the quote might be long and everything in it may be relevant. We, therefore, have to present the quote properly so that the reader can easily identify it and distinguish it from the rest of the paper. In such a case we are required to use a block quotation.
Students often find it difficult to apply the MLA Style Quoting Rules correctly, confusing when it is neeeded to use italics, bold fond or underline certain parts when quoting passages. The following web page presents simple rules and examples for most common quotations as well as links to other guidelines on instances of MLA Style usage.