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Punctuating Quotations


There are various ways to punctuate quotations, depending on their placement in the sentence, their purpose, and the purpose of the sentence. The key is to be consistent with your punctuation. This page highlights rules and examples that should help you when punctuating quotations within your papers. Click on the punctuation that most closely matches your situation.


Brackets

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Single Quotation Marks

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Block Quotations

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Comma/Period

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Colon/Semicolon

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Ellipses

The ellipses, three spaced dots ( . . . ), indicates that part of a quotation has been left out. Ellipses are useful when you want to include only the most relevant words of a quotation; however, any omission must not distort the quotation's original meaning.

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Slash Mark

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Exclamation Point/Question Mark

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