Responsibly using quotations can help establish your credibility; however, writers sometimes don’t know how to use quotations in a compelling way. Sometimes, they think the quote’s meaning is self-evident; however, if writers don’t help readers interpret quotes, the points that we think we have made may be lost.
This handout will explain the “quotation sandwich” — four steps that help bolster your argument with source material:
- Present your argument
- Introduce a quotation
- Place your quote
- Interpret the quotation
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