Quotation styles

When writing an essay you will develop your own writing style and if you are not careful quotations can spoil that flow and make it difficult for the reader. They must fit grammatically. Research is time consuming but you need to ensure you find the most appropriate quotation that both benefits and compliments your essay.

Example of paraphrasing and quotes with verbs that help introduce your quote:

Once called user education or library skills, now the terms Information Literacy (IL) or Information Skills are more likely to spring to mind. The term ‘Information Literacy' is open to a great deal of debate and there appears to be a ‘lack of agreement', even cynicism over its definition. (Bruce et al, 2002) Elizabeth Dupuis notes that there have been great discussions over ‘the ideas embodied by the term ‘Information Literacy', and yet a strict definition remains elusive'. (Dupuis, 2002) Is there a difference between library skills and Information Literacy? Conceptually no, but they have become more complex and moved to a higher level. Bruce and Lampson suggest a reticence by some professionals about having to break away from tradition and ‘impose an evaluation opinion on sources' and also having to teach critical evaluation and analysis. This is the reason, perhaps, that they have become such a focal point for discussion. (Bruce et al, 2002)

In the eighteenth century lawyers set us on the path of copyright confusion and arguments over moral rights by seeking to ‘fix the notion of literary property'. (Rose, 1997) This change in thinking is mirrored by the way authors began to regard the term plagiarism. Coleridge made frequent reference to ‘questions of origins and originality – and the practical and moral problems of derivativeness and plagiarism'. (Stillinger, 2001) He openly admitted, however, that he had ‘appropriated … sizable passages' from others work without acknowledgement. The difference in attitude in the eighteenth century is demonstrated by the fact that he was publicly charged with plagiarism. It is interesting to note that his accuser was a supposed friend, Thomas De Quincey, who was a ‘notable plagiarist and opium eater in his own right'! (Stillinger, 2001)

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