Direct quotes are copied, credited quotations from an original text that are used in your paper. If an author makes a poignant, well-written point, it can be useful to include a direct quote. Don’t get too crazy, though—you still want to have your own voice in the writing, not just clippings of direct quotes from other sources.
Tips for using direct quotes:
- Check the manual of the paper’s style (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.) to see if the formatting of direct quotes changes if the text runs on for a certain number of lines (“block quoting”).
- Use direct quotes sparingly in assignments.
- Add a citation to block quotes.