Answered By: Jennifer Harris Last Updated: Oct 12, 2017 Views: 4634
Yes. You may want to make minor changes to a direct quotation. This is possible (as long as you don't change the meaning), but you must follow these rules (see p. 172-173 of the APA Manual):
- If you omit parts in the middle of the quotation, use an ellipsis. An ellipsis consists of three dots (...)
- For example: the student stated that "the computer lab ... was useful."
- If you want to insert your own words, or different words, into a quotation, put them in square brackets ( [ ] ).
- For example: "The computer lab [in the science building] was well designed."
- If you want to draw attention to an error in a quotation, for example a spelling mistake or wrong date, don't correct it; write [sic] in square brackets.
- If you want to emphasis something in a quotation which is particularly relevant to your essay, put the emphasized words in italics, and state that the emphasis is your own.
- For example: "The writing tools in Moodle was very [emphasis added] helpful!"
- APA guide (Shapiro Library)
- APA Research Paper Basics Video Tutorials (Atomic Learning - log in using your SNHU email username and password)
- APA Blog (APA)
For further help please contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (UC Students) and Online Writing Center at 866.721.1662 (Online/COCE Students) for amore information about changing a direct quote in APA Style.
You may also want to consider:
- How do I cite a quote in-text in APA style?
- How do I cite long, block quotations in-text in APA style?
- How do I cite a source quoted within another source (or how to cite a secondary source) in APA style?
This information is intended to be a guideline, not expert advice. Please be sure to speak to your professor about the appropriate way to change a direct quote in your class assignments and projects.
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