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.
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 a direct quote from Cody's paper, using Chicago Author-Date Style:
If young Americans learn about these candidates via Jon Stewart, it is possible that unfavorable perceptions of both parties' nominees could form. This would have the effect of lowering trust in national leaders. Moreover, it may increase the importance of having high name recognition in the primary season, because lesser-known candidates would enjoy less support. Ultimately, negative perceptions of candidates could have participation implications by keeping more youth from the polls.
Quote in Paper (Chicago Note)
Baumgartner and Morris conclude, "Ultimately, negative perceptions of candidates could have participation implications by keeping more youth from the polls" (2006, 362).
This is the corresponding entry in Cody's reference list:
Baumgartner, Jody and Jonathan S. Morris. 2006. The Daily Show effect: Candidate evaluations, efficacy, and American youth. American Politics Research 34 (3): 341-367.