How To Use Quotations

I gave a lesson on integrating and formatting quotations on Tuesday, and – serendipity! – Carol Saller at the Chronicle of Higher Ed published about correct use of quotations the next day, right AFTER it would have been of some use to me. ¬†It doesn’t really matter; I’m unlikely to pass on any advice containing the words “no one will accuse you of plagiarism if you…” to my students. ¬†Nevertheless, her article tidies up some things I’ve never been sure about, like whether it’s necessary to put ellipses at the beginning/end of a sentence fragment (although she doesn’t address quotations like the one I use above, in which the ellipsis implies info that the reader must supply imaginatively.) ¬†Apparently there will be a Part 2 and Part 3, so by next semester, my quotation-formatting nit-picking will be at a whole other level!

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