There are three ways to incorporate sources into your researched essays summarizing, paraphrasing, and quoting. The purpose of this assignment is to practice incorporating quotations into your essay. The key, however, is to make sure that you are not quoting too much or too large a section of your research and that what you are quoting flows seamlessly with your essay.
This assignment is going to ask you to pull a direct quotation from one of your sources for Essay 1 and practice different ways of incorporating it into your essay.
You’ll learn to be more selective in your use of quotations since quotations should be used sparingly.
You’ll more closely scrutinize words for the meaning that most closely conveys what you need for your paragraph/paper WITHOUT changing the meaning of the original.
You’ll learn how to use the ellipsis in a quotation.
You’ll gain additional practice using signal phrases.
Sowhat have you found in one of your sources that supports and/or enhances your position? Follow the steps below to complete this assignment:
Step 1: Type/paste ONE direct quotation you would like to use in your essay.
Step 2: Write the brief version you want to use in your paper. This consists of…
a) the lead-in (the author’s name, a short phrase about their credibility or background, and the signal phrase)
b) a comma (,) or colon (:) (whichever is applicable, given the signal phrase used)
c) the quote (enclosed correctly with quotation marks and flowing effectively from the lead in)
Look at the example below:
“Many states are not taking concerted steps to use online education to promote the kinds of priorities that state leaders have historically championed, such as affordability, access, or meeting the needs of local employers.”
Goldie Blumenstyk, Online Education: An Overlooked Lever of Education Policy
In the article Online Education: An Overlooked Lever of Education Policy, Goldie Blumenstyk, a senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education, laments how [m]any states are not taking concerted steps to use online education to promote the kinds of priorities that state leaders have historically championed, such as affordability, access, or meeting the needs of local employers.”
Step 3: Now, review the quote again and see if there is anywhere you can “trim the fat” by using an ellipsis to remove unnecessary information:
Garca, Marcela. Why the Rich Should PayMore in Taxes the Boston Globe. BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2021, www.bostonglobe.com/2021/05/28/opinion/why-rich-should-pay-more/.