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how do i quote a book?

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  1. Do you mean how do you cite a book after quoting from it?

    Or do you mean how do you write quotations?

    Either way, here's some help:

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    You need to have each source of information cited in TWO places:

    1. the Works Cited page that is placed after the last page of your paper, and
    2. in parentheses in the text of your paper, immediately after the quotation or paraphrase.

    For example, this would go on the Works Cited page (with proper indentation for the second and following lines):

    Tsukiyama, Gail. The Language of Threads. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 1999.

    ... and this would go immediately after the quotation or whatever:
    (Tsukiyama 58) [That's the author's last name plus the number of the page where the quotation, summary, or paraphrase came from.]

    The information in parentheses in the text needs to be as brief as possible. That's why there's a Works Cited page – for all the details of the listing.

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    Here's a good place for information on citing in MLA format:
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    Hold your cursor over the words CITING SOURCES in the left column and then click on whatever type of source you need help with. Many examples will show up. You will get two examples for each type of reference – one for the Works Cited page and one for the parenthetical (in-text) citation.

    You can also see what a Works Cited page looks like – click on Sample Works Cited in the left column.

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    If you need to cite in APA or another format, go here:

    http://nutsandbolts.washcoll.edu/
    In the column at the left, scroll down until you see the different topics on evidence and the different styles (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.).

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    This will help you with APA bibliographies.

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    Also for APA.

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    And here’s an excellent site to give you guidance on how to use quotations well in your papers, long or short: http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/quotations.html

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