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Advanced Technique: Integrated Quotes

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In my recent video, I mention that your quotes within a body paragraph should be “integrated.” I give an example in the video, but, as I suspected, I feel the need to get more in-depth with it.

First, you should know what an integrated quote is designed to avoid: an interruption to the narrative of a paper. There is nothing worse when grading a paper than finding an ugly six-line block quote smack dab in the middle of a body paragraph. It’s a distraction that completely removes the reader from the point you were trying to make. Suddenly, the momentum you had built for your argument in the previous paragraph is stalled in your attempt to prove its relevance.  Continue reading

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