Tips on Quoting
Some good reasons to include a quote are:
- You want to support or add credibility to your arguments
- The original is difficult to rephrase
- The original is soooo good that you want to preserve the language
Quoting is good, but stringing a bunch of quotes together without analysis and well-crafted transitions is bad. Also, random quotes will just look like you are trying to make the page requirements of the assignment.
Note: Psychology studies generally summarize or paraphrase research studies, and do not directly quote the exact words of an author.
Always include a citation and use "quotation marks" to signal that you are using someone else's words when you quote.
Here's an example of what a direct quote would look like in Mizuki's paper using APA:
To the extent that a woman's self-image is challenged or threatened by an unattainable ideal of an impossibly thin female physique, she may well become susceptible to disruption of her self-regard, and may be more likely to develop an eating disorder. In short, the sociocultural model argues that exposure to idealized media images (a) makes women feel bad about themselves and (b) impels women to undertake the sort of "remedial" eating patterns that easily and often deteriorate into eating disorders.
Quote in Paper (APA)
Polivy and Herman (2004) noted that the sociocultural model of eating disorders "argues that exposure to idealized media images (a) makes women feel bad about themselves and (b) impels women to undertake the sort of 'remedial' eating patterns that easily and often deteriorate into eating disorders" (p. 2).
This complete citation appears in Mizuki's reference list.
Polivy, J., & Herman, C. P. (2004). Sociocultural idealization of thin female body shapes: An introduction to the special issue on body image and eating disorders. Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology, 23, 1-6. doi:10.1037/0033-2909.134.3.460