Quote,  Paraphrase, or Summary  and Why?

When should I quote?

  • when the information is so important, you couldn't have said it better yourself
  • when the information supports your ideas/arguments
  • to add credibility
  • to show readers that what you are about to say is not your own writing ("Quote")
  • good quotes should be used like salt--a little goes a long way 

When should I paraphrase

  • when you want to use your own words
  • when you want to express the supporting ideas
  • to add credibility
  • paraphrases should be used like spices--people have already used them, but can you use them in a new way?

When should I summarize?

  • when you want to keep it, short, sweet, and to the point
  • when you want to show what the main idea of something is

All quotes, summaries and paraphrases MUST be cited using proper MLA documentation!



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