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Citation Guide for Students based on New Humanities Reader The New Humanities Reader invites you to enter into a conversation with the writers you read. The words of others are always yours to use as you build your responses to the course readings, but the writing you produce must explain why the quotations you have chosen are important and it must clearly mark (with quotation marks) the boundaries between your voice and the voices of other writers. This guide shows how to make a place for the words of others within your essays and how to make those words consistent with the grammar of your own sentences. Explanations: Who Are You Quoting, and Why? Most of the examples in this guide identify the writer or the speaker of each quotation. In addition to providing this basic information, you should make an effort to embed your quotations within your own explanation. When you quote another writer, you create an opportunity to say something about that writer's words. What problem does the quotation raise for discussion? What idea or issue does it open up, extend, complicate, or contradict? Your words and the way they surround a quotation will give that quotation something to do. Your words will tell readers how the quotation fits into or complicates the line of thought that your paper is exploring. Here are a few examples of the explanatory atmosphere that your words can create around the act of quotation. Sample: Events are always interpreted within a context. When Bernard Goetz shot four black teens on a subway, New York City was “in the grip of one of the worst crime epidemics in its history” (Gladwell 236). In this context, Gladwell argues, Goetz’s actions seemed by many New Yorkers to be heroic, and many residents of his neighborhood joined a “raucous, impromptu street party” after his acquittal (235). Still, the recognition that context is important should not become an excuse for behavior. The writer has made a significant place for the words of others within his sentences. He has identified the source of those words (Gladwell), and has tried to address some problem that those words have opened up. Quotations are not actively present in an essay if they are only used to "verify" a thought. They are most effective when they help you
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2012 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Sierra during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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