HOW OFTEN SHOULD I QUOTE?
If you think it’s important to quote something, an excellent rule of thumb is that for every line you quote, you should have at least two lines analyzing it.
How to Cite Other Sources in Your Paper
DO NOT USE DIRECT QUOTES From Published Material: In 99.99% of the cases, the information you want from a research article is an objective result or interpretation. How the author stated this information, i.e., their prose, is of little importance compared to the results or interpretations themselves. Take the information and put it into your own words; avoid paraphrasing since this can potentially lead to plagiarism.
Writing direct quotations
- Quote no more material than is necessary; if a short phrase from a source will suffice, don’t quote an entire paragraph
- Use quotes that will have the most rhetorical, argumentative impact in your paper; too many direct quotes from sources may weaken your credibility, as though you have nothing to say yourself, and will certainly interfere with your style
parenthetical / in-text citations MLA
MLA 7 Basics: Parenthetical Citations