Quotations are verbatim repetition of someone’s words.

Writers use quotations when the quoted material

  1. goes to the heart of your discussion or argument.
  2. is so well-written that it cannot be condensed further.
  3. contains a dramatic eyewitness account of an event.
  4. is written by a prestigious author
  5. contains relevant statistics.
  6. cannot be paraphrased or summarized as elegantly or accurately in your own words.

Writers set off quotations with quotation marks.