Using quotes can do wonders for an article. It increases the credibility, and further enriches the article. However, if you want to quote someone for your article, you must learn how to attribute them. Forgetting to attribute quotes can lead to serious legal problems. You can be accused of plagiarism. Make sure that you know how to attribute quotes before using them in your article.
Here are some tips on how to attribute quotes for an article:
- Identify the types of quotes you have used. There are two basic types of quotes: direct and indirect. Direct quotes are more academic, citing directly from a specific source. They are mostly used in definitions, theories, and certain statements that cannot be changed because there is danger of changing the meaning. If you want to attribute direct quotes, then you should make use of quotation marks before and after the quote. This will make it stand out. You should also put the source after the quotation. On the other hand, indirect quotes are used for ideas which you have stated in your own words. Indirect quotes are better for article writing. Whereas in direct quotation, you only have to copy the words verbatim, indirect quotation requires a deeper understanding of the concepts. In attributing indirect quotes, you should never use quotation marks. Although you still need to cite sources, you have made the idea your own.
- Incorporate the attributions in your article. Using words like “according to” and “in his theory” will make your article seem more put together. Use this tip sparingly, because you don’t want your article to be filled with other people’s names. This will only distract readers from the real point of your article. It is still best to mix different kinds of citations in your articles.
- Take care of complications. Most people have problems with citing sources if they have more than one quote from a single source, or a single article with more than one author. If you’re going to use many quotes from a single source, you absolutely have to cite it every single time. At the end of your article, you should always include the page numbers that you have used for research. Although this may seem a little bit complicated, it is absolutely necessary for a coherent article. There is no way around this rule. If you are planning to cite a single source authored by many different people, it is much easier. All you have to do is get the last name of the first author on the list. Some people also have trouble with the ellipsis. They are used when you want to substitute your own words to an already existing quotation. It is very simple. All you have to do is add a parenthesis to the words you used.
Quotes can help improve your article greatly. But remember that you cannot quote without citing your sources. This can get you in a lot of trouble. It is very easy to attribute your quotes for an article. Follow these simple tips and start using quotes to improve your articles.