Additionally, our Short Guide to Close Reading for Literary Analysis offers wonderful insight into how you can read a piece of literature in order to analyze it.
Within a literary analysis, your purpose is to develop an argument about what the author of the text is doing—how the text “works.” You use quotations to support this argument. Ramsey’s attitude is not used by Woolf to show that Mrs. Notice that this paragraph includes three basic kinds of materials: (a) statements expressing the student’s own ideas about the relationship Woolf is creating; (b) data or evidence from the text in summarized, paraphrased, and quoted form; and (c) discussion of how the data support the writer’s interpretation.
And just three states Delaware, Virginia and Nebraska have 20 minutes of mandatory elementary-school recess a day” (TIME.com).
Whenever you use information from a source, you need to cite it appropriately in order to avoid plagiarism. Now that you’ve mastered how to put a quote in your essay, you’re officially a pro.
Sure, there are times when you’ll get lucky and the quotes will pretty much work, but most times, they’ll be awkward quotes that don’t support your arguments.
Now that you know what you absolutely should not do when quoting, you need to know what you should do.
Don’t pick random sentences from your sources, either.
It can be tempting to quickly paste them in your paper and hope they (sort of) make sense.
I’m not saying that the source isn’t accurate or credible.
This may be a very well-respected and reputable center.