Do we need to make changes to a quote from a book?

See example:

I don't 'low no yellin' in this house, Walter Lee, and you know it... and there ain't going to be no investing in no liquor stores."
asked Mar 13 '13 at 20:33 Miguel Lucas New member

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When you quote something, you enclose in quotation marks and reproduce it exactly as it is written in the source. You make no changes. You also provide a citation, either in the text or through one citation system (Chicago, MLA, APA, etc) or another). The citation tells the reader who and what you are quoting.


When you change the quotation, the result is called a paraphrase. You are restating the meaning of the quote, but in your own words. You do not use quotation marks. You still need to provide a citation -- where did you get the idea or the facts.


I hope this helps.

link comment answered Mar 13 '13 at 22:56 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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