The UVic Writer's Guide


Longer Quotations


Longer quotations from the work you are discussing can also be effective, especially in expository or research essays, though you should always avoid quoting more than is necessary.

In any case you should discuss the passage in some detail after it is quoted; it is not enough to quote a chunk from a work to support your argument and to leave it at that ("quote and run"): your reader will want to know how and why the passage supports your point.


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