When you want to simplify or clarify a complex or jargon-heavy piece of text.
Direct Quotes Direct quotes involve copying a piece of text word-for-word from a source. They should be used sparingly and only when the original wording is particularly important, clear, or well-expressed. When to Use: When the original wording is so eloquent or concise that paraphrasing would diminish its clarity or impact. When you need to analyze the author’s language or writing style. How to Use: Always use quotation marks to enclose a direct quote. Provide an in-text citation with the author, year, and page number. Example: As Smith states, “Technology significantly influences human behavior and cognition" (2022, 42).
When you need to integrate another’s ideas into your argument more fluidly.
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