Begin the quotation on a new line, with the full quotation indented an inch from the left margin and double-spaced. Your parenthetical citation should come after the final period. Maintain the original line breaks when citing verse. (You should double space throughout your essay.) ARTICLES IN THE NEWSPAPER When editors create a newspaper piece, they must keep certain traditions in mind. To begin, all articles are laid up in the same fashion, making it easy for the public to read. Articles, for example, will be written in columns. All of the material in the article is then organized in order of significance. The important facts or opinions are placed at the top, while less significant matters are placed at the bottom. In between these two types of articles, there are lead stories, which are often based on recent events. These are important enough to publish but not so serious as to have their own sections. They usually attract the most attention from readers.
When writing about current affairs, it is helpful to distinguish facts that can be verified by other sources from opinions that require some degree of faith. Opinions can be expressed positively or negatively toward someone or something. A positive opinion might say that John is intelligent. A negative one would state that John is dumb. Facts, on the other hand, can only be true or false. The following examples show how opinions and facts can be combined together to create a story. "John is smart. He knows a lot about history." This could be a fact quoted in an article about the future of technology. "I think John is stupid." This statement would be an opinion shown in a headline. Both statements are correct depending on how you view them. It is up to the writer to decide what kind of story they want to tell.
When citing an extract longer than four lines of prose or three lines of verse, begin with a signal phrase, just as you would with a shorter one. Begin the quotation below this on a new line. One inch from the left, indent the whole quotation. Put the quotation number in brackets at the beginning of each subsequent paragraph.
Here is an excerpt from George Bernard Shaw's play Man and Superman:
"The more I know about people," said Alice, "the better I like them in the end." "You are right there," said the Queen. "That's what makes me dislike people so much." "Why?" asked Alice. "Because they all turn out to be very much alike once you get beneath the surface.""
Shaw used this device often, inserting it into other works by others. It can also be found in novels by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and William Shakespeare.
So, quoting extracts requires only that you identify the source, give the quotation number, and include any additional information required by your instructor or reference desk staff.
An exact quote should be surrounded by quotation marks (""), or if it is 40 words or longer, it should be structured as a block quotation. Then, just after the quotation, you include an In-Text Citation to identify where the quote originated from.
When include a long quotation in an MLA document, it must be formatted as a block quote. In MLA, format a block quotation as follows:
When quoting a single line (or part of a line) from a poem, just place it in quotation marks as you would any other quote. When quoting two or three lines, use a forward slash to indicate line breaks. Before and after the slash, add a space. The dash can also be used to indicate a break in a series of quotes.
So, if I were to quote this line from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge: "Alone, alone, all, all alone," I would say that he is "alone - / Alone on earth, none else near." Here's an example of four lines from a poem called "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey, On Revisiting the Banks of the Wye During a Tour of Wales" by William Wordsworth: "Tintern Abbey! rich in recollections dear/ How shall I live to London town?"
The city is not only far away but also famous for being one of the most expensive places to live in the UK. So, even though some people may think of London when they hear about Wales, most Welsh people wouldn't want to live there. However, many English people have found homes there so it can be done.
Wales is almost entirely made up of mountains and forests so it's no surprise that it's a popular destination with hikers, cyclists, and climbers.