Answered By: Jennifer Harris Last Updated: Nov 09, 2015 Views: 133
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:
- 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 buidling] 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!"
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