Guide 2019: How to Use Quotations to Avoid Plagiarism

Use of quotations have the power to make your composition look real. Similarly, trying to use quotations  to avoid plagiarism can also make your work look deathly dull if not used appropriately. As a professional writer or a student who has been charged with writing an assignment, the choice of using quotations to make your paper dull or bright is yours.

The use of quotes in paper means that the words used are exact words, sentences and phrases borrowed from an original paper and the only way to avoid having your work look stolen is to use quotation marks. Every writer has complete control over how they will use quotations and there are a few techniques listed in this article to help you use quotations to make a difference.

The excerpt below comes from Adam Goldberg’s development “Healthy or Not, we all love to sleep” featured in the Time magazine of 2003;

Men are fond of sleeping regardless of the time and day. People often wonder if it is a healthy habit or not but it seems that it is something that we just cannot do without.

From the same quote, a plagiarized work would be seen from the example below;

Example 1; Men are fond of sleeping regardless of the day and time. People often wonder if it is a healthy habit or not but it seems that it is something that we cannot just do without.

The above instance would be considered plagiarized. Why?

In the above instance, the writer has consciously borrowed original words from the real author and fails to acknowledge him with the use of a quote or a citation. In as much as a writer would choose to give credit to the author with means of citation and a bibliography section, it would still be insufficient because one needs to make sure the exact words are put in quotation marks. In the above instance, the writer makes Goldberg a victim of plagiarism.

What is acceptable with Quotations?

Instance 2;

“Men are fond of sleeping regardless of the time and day” as discussed by Goldberg (2003).

Why is this acceptable? It is the Right why to use Quotations

First and foremost, the use of quotation marks in this instance shows the words are borrowed from an article by Goldberg. Apart from having the words in quotes, the writer has also indicated the original author and the year of publication which is consistent with APA standards of citations.

The second example shows an effective way of using quotes and also shows another instance of acknowledging the author by naming him and revealing the year of publication. Every time a writer uses exact words from an article, book or any source, they should always quote the exact source and give credit to the author of the source.

Tips: How to Use Quotations to Avoid Plagiarism Work

  • Remove boring phrases. A quotation can be a stumbling block to your audience in a way to make them not understand what you are trying to say. Quotes that involve extra punctuation that slows down the eye of the reader, change the tone and voice of your development can make your audience not read with perfect attention. To use quotes effectively, minimize all unnecessary effects by quoting instances that are interesting. Pick only the instances that would help build on your idea and add weight to your story. Your quote should not be too narrow or too broad.
  • Make the quote first and then give credit. Another way to ace your paper using quotes is to avoid beginning your sentences with an attribution then followed by the quote. Doing this acts as a warning sign to your audience that a quote is on the way and most likely, they will avoid reading it. Instead, have your sentence begin with a quote and let the attribution follow.
  • Go to the top. Another effective way of using quotation marks and quotes to ace your paper is to include a quotation that adds credibility and authority to your paper. Use quotation marks when borrowing from a piece that seeks to appear objective. In going to the top, one can use a quote from a senior person like the President or a CEO from a popular company.

Other uses of Quotations 

Apart firm using other people’s words, quotation marks have many other uses. The use of quotation marks is dependent on the style is given to you by your instructor. Quotation marks can also be used when writing italicized words, titles of poems, chapters in a book to add emphasis. Quotation marks can also be used to words that have been used as words. For instance, the word ‘inhale’ could be quoted as a way to show the meaning to ‘take a breath’.

Quotation marks are also used to show that the writer is talking about the word itself in the above instance and not the act of inhaling. Most writers also use quotes as a way to show how words are actually a distance from what they mean in reality. Quotation marks have a variety of uses but what every writer should keep in mind is that when using exact words from a source, quotation marks should be incorporated. Double quotation marks and single quotation marks can be used.