A quote is an excerpt from a source which is reproduced exactly in your paper (for instance, copying & pasting a sentence in your text). Quotes are most often enclosed within quotation marks.
How much you should use quotations depends on your course. English essays will make more use of quotations whereas science reports rarely use them.
In general, it’s best to use quotations sparingly. Use them when…
- When the author’s words are very good at getting their point across
- When paraphrasing would mean losing the meaning of the text
- When you want to highlight a well worded phrase or passage
When quoting an author, verify that you are copying the exact phrase and include all of the punctuation.