Select the liveliest and best quotes for your stories. There are two kinds of quotes: full quotes and partial quotes.
- Full quotes start a new paragraph
- Wrong: Zaldivar said, “I love UHD. It’s a great place to learn.”
- Right: “I love UHD,” Zaldivar said. “It’s a great place to learn.”
- Surround a word or phrase from a source by quotation marks without the use of commas.
Valentine’s Day “carries a romantic connotation” that makes “a lot of people uncomfortable and self-conscious.”
- Use ellipses to indicate a deletion. Don’t use ellipses at the start or end of a quote.
- Example 1
“Resources are here to hold you and they’re here to guide you,” the letter states.
“Resources are here to hold you and...guide you,” the letter states.
- Example 2
“....keep learning....,” she said.
“Keep learning,” she said.
- Always attribute quotes by including the subject or entity’s name after the quote and a brief description of how the quote was said.
“The Dateline is the best student organization,” Assistant Editor Edward Saenz said.
“The Dateline is the best student organization,” Assistant Editor Edward Saenz tweeted.
- Use brackets for words or phrases needed to be changed as is the case with profanity or misspoken or omitted words from source.
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Quotes in the Writing Manual.