Benefit of using this strategy: Removing a section from the middle of a quotation allows you to include the best and most pertinent part of the quotation in your essay.
Definition: The use of a direct quotation in which the beginning or end of the quote has been revised so that the sentence may be introduced or completed by your own words.
A tool can be put aside; language cannot.” As Welch (1999, 145) has argued, the “tool” analogy for thinking about writing is a faulty premise, since “a tool is a thing out there in the world, a palpable object that one can store in the garage and retrieve as necessary.
Challenge of using this strategy: It may be challenging to see someone else’s words and then try to communicate the same ideas using different words and structure.
Faulty paraphrasing, when writers use exact wording or sentence structure without also using quotation marks, is not only incorrect but can be considered plagiarism—whether it was intentional or accidental.
Definition: The use of a direct quotation in which a middle section of the quote has been removed.
The text that has been directly quoted must be enclosed in quotation marks and the source must be cited.
Each description includes a definition, an example of the strategy, as well as benefits and challenges involved in using the strategy.
Examples of in-text citation on this page have been completed using APA citation style and have been created using an excerpt from Electric Rhetoric: Classical Rhetoric, Oralism, and a New Literacy by Kathleen E. “If writing is a tool, then it is part of the Cartesian dualistic reality in which we all continue to live.
Block quotations, or direct quotations of 40 words or more in length, should be indented one inch from the left margin.
Block quotations, or direct quotations of 100 words or 8 lines in length, should be indented one inch from the left margin.