Why Quote Reliable Sources

Quote reliable sources
Quote reliable sources

 Quote reliable sources

Whether you are writing a business report or an academic paper, you should quote reliable sources properly.

Why quote reliable sources?  You could get kicked out of your school or you could damage your professional reputation if you don’t.

Here are are five good reasons to use quotations when you are writing.

1. Protects you

It helps you avoid plagiarism  – stealing somebody else’s ideas.

2. Makes your text interesting

When you use quotations from reliable sources, it makes your paper more interesting. You should try to use quotes that are unusual or remarkable in some way.

For example, one of my favourite quotes from the American humorist Mark Twain is, “I didn’t have time to write a short letter so I wrote a long one instead.”

3. Gives supporting proof

Another reason to use the exact word of experts is that it gives strong evidence, details and statistics to support your arguments.

4. Makes things clear

A third reason to quote is that it makes a clear statement and avoids misinterpretation.

5. Allows you to do more things

Finally, if you want to use an exaggerated or opinionated statement that is not your own, you want to quote.

  • Do you know the difference between a direct quote and an indirect quote?
  • Do you know what punctuation to use when quoting directly?
  • Do you know what “ellipsis” and “sic” mean as well as how to use them?

Here are three warnings or things to watch out for when using quotations:

  • Don’t use too many quotations. It is not a good idea to fill up your essay with quotations. It weakens your writing. The goal in good writing is to seamlessly weave quotations into your text.
  • Paraphrase and summarize credible information.
  • Indent the text for quotations longer than five lines.

To find out more,  watch a video I prepared for my academic writing course.


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