Referencing 5 - Quotations

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Referencing 5 - Quotations

Post by Gigi » Thu 09 Aug 2018 9:22 am

These written FAQs are similar to the Essay Writer videos, with additional descriptions of button icons, placement, etc.

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Referencing 5 - Quotations

See the previous post on changing reference style (Author-Date and Numbered): viewtopic.php?f=13&t=21

All external information requires you to contextualise and relate it to your topic.

Quotations are no different.

A quote, or exact copy of someone else's work, will detail its originator.

A paraphrase is an inexact copy:
  • to summarise,
  • reframe,
  • or update a quote.
How, what, and when do you quote?

How to Quote

Use text from a web page, local software, or elsewhere in a Spark-Space document.

It's as simple as 'Ctrl + C' to copy and 'Ctrl + V' to paste. (Or type the quote yourself.)

Add the information as a bibliographic reference: Press 'Yes', then control-click the new reference.

As always: verify and correct all reference details for the material.

The automatic quotation format is your default font, italicised in quotation marks.

To change this, go to 'Edit', 'Document Settings...' and 'Bibliography'.

Edit the option 'In-Text style for pasting a quotation (Macro)'.

Utilise the 'Help...' button for further customisation.

What to Quote

Explain how a quotation supports or weakens an argument and, in some cases, why you have used it.

Add your own interpretation or qualifiers for each source and material you use.

Ensure you use generally reliable sources, and relevant, accurate material.

Consider how you prefer the information you receive to be filtered.

Uphold this standard in your work too, where appropriate.

When to Quote

To present someone else's idea just as you found it, you need to quote them.

Depending on purpose and topic, it may not be possible to use unedited quotes.

For example, you may need to change individual names for privacy or security.

Use '[sic]' to indicate an error in the source material.

This could be from typos, archaic spelling, or weak reasoning.

Let us know how you find referencing.

We're always happy to learn about your success.

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