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Unformatted text preview: Quotations and MLA Format 1. All good essays about literature must provide textual evidence to support their argument. 2. Textual evidence must be integrated into your own prose. This means quotations must ALWAYS be introduced in some manner. EVERY quote must be incorporated into one of your sentences. A QUOTE MUST NEVER STAND ALONE. Here are some examples of how to integrate quotations into your text: The narrator states that She was a beautiful baby (Olson 241). Olson writes, You think because I am a mother I have a key, or that in some way you could use me as a key? (241). The narrator ponders when there is ever time to remember (Olson 241). I was nineteen, the narrator states (Olson 241). The mother describes the beauty of her young child: She was a beautiful baby. She blew shining bubbles of sound. She loved motion, loved light, loved color and music and textures. She would lie on the floor in her blue overalls patting the surface so hard in ecstasy her hands and feet would blur. She was a miracle to me, but when she was eight months old I had to leave her daytimes with the woman downstairs to whom she was no miracle at all. (Olson 241) Here is an example of how NOT to use quotations: She was a miracle to me, but when she was eight months old I had to leave her daytimes...
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