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The Art of Quotation Integration A research paper is not simply a massive collection of quotations and paraphrased ideas glued together with a few transition phrases. Instead, it is an essay in which you offer your own thesis and ideas based on and supported by your research. Here are a few guidelines: “Quotations, summaries, paraphrases, and facts will help you make your argument, but they cannot speak for you.” –From Diane Hacker 1.) Introduce ALL quotations. All of your quotations should in some way identify the author (and their claim to authority, if necessary), the work and/or the context (this can be part of your lead in). In doing this, you need to use signal phrases to incorporate and blend in your reference material in a variety of ways. Do not merely drop direct quotations in next to your prose. Instead, lead them smoothly so that they obviously support or clarify what you are saying. x As one movie critic wrote, “This film is really terrible, and people should ignore it” (Ebert 14). x “This film is really terrible, and people should ignore it,” Ebert recommends in his Sun-Times review (14). x As Camile Paglia wrote in her book Individual Personae , “The individual cannot be understood because nature cannot be understood” (5). x Some scholars have claimed that “the individual cannot be understood because nature cannot be understood” (Paglia 5). x Lee Howard, a child psychologist, has written on how “violent cartoons lead to violent behavior” (13).
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