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Unformatted text preview: the use of square brackets ‘[ ]’ to indicate material which is not in the original, but clarifies the author’s original meaning. Third, you also can make a quotation stand by itself. Confine such direct quotation to no more than two or three sentences, lest your point be lost in the author’s words. As J.L. Mackie says, “if there is a god, then, he does not need to use means to attain his ends. So it is idle to refer, in a theodicy, to... causal, relationships” (p. 153). Notice the ellipsis (dots) after “to” used to indicate deleted intervening material. Aside from material included with brackets or excluded with ellipses, quotation must be exact. Finally, if you really do need to include an entire passage, make sure to clarify your interpretation of the quoted material with your own words. Separate your paragraphs from the quoted material by skipping a line. And do not put quotation marks around the material that now is a block quotation: 2 J.L Mackie argues that causal relationships can play no role in explaining why an omnipotent, omniscient and wholly good god would allow evil. If there is an omnipotent creator, then if there are any causal laws he must have made them, and if he is still omnipotent he must be able to override them. If there is a god, then, he does not need to use means to attain his ends. So it is idle to refer, in a theodicy, to any ordinary, factual, means‐end, or in general causal, relationships. (p. 153) I think Mackie is mistaken... Whether you paraphrase another writer or quote that person directly, you must acknowledge your sources. If you do not, then you are guilty of plagiarism. In this day‐and‐age, it is easy to find yourself using or rearranging the words, phrases or ideas of others. But any such activity requires acknowledgement. The important point is made very well for the Georgetown University Honor Council, You're not in college to play a cat and mouse game with your professor to see if you can fool him or her by using someone else's work. You are in college to hone you...
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