For example, let's say you want to quote from the following passage in an essay called "United Shareholders of America," by Jacob Weisberg: The citizen-investor serves his fellow citizens badly by his inclination to withdraw from the community. He does so by focusing his pursuit of happiness on something that very seldom makes people happy in the way they expect it to.
When you quote, you generally want to be as concise as possible.
In the forty-ninth segment of the text, entitled “A Stuffed Swan,” he writes: Using all of his remaining strength, he tried to write his autobiography. This was due to his still lingering sense of pride and skepticism...
After finishing “A Fool's Life,” he accidentally discovered a suffered swan in a used goods store.
For example, If you have already introduced the author and work from which you are citing, and you are obviously referring to the same work, you probably don't need to mention them again.
However, if you have cited other sources and then go back to one you had cited earlier, it is a good idea to mention at least the author's name again (and the work if you have referred to more than one by this author) to avoid confusion.If you want to borrow an idea from an author, but do not need his or her exact words, you should try paraphrasing instead of quoting.Most of the time, paraphrasing and summarizing your sources is sufficient (but remember that you still have to cite them! If you think it’s important to quote something, an excellent rule of thumb is that for every line you quote, you should have at least two lines analyzing it.Taking the exact words from an original source is called quoting.You should quote material when you believe the way the original author expresses an idea is the most effective means of communicating the point you want to make.Although it stood with its head raised, even its yellowed wings had been eaten by insects.He thought of his entire life and felt tears and cruel laughter welling up inside. With this gesture Akutagawa ironizes the impossibility of truly writing the self by emphasizing the inevitable split that must occur between writing and written “self,” the Akutagawa still writing “A Fool's Life” cannot possibly be identical with the narrated persona which has finished the work.The first time you cite a source, it is almost always a good idea to mention its author(s), title, and genre (book, article, or web page, etc.).If the source is central to your work, you may want to introduce it in a separate sentence or two, summarizing its importance and main ideas.There are also different forms of citation for different disciplines.For example, when you cite sources in a psychology paper you would probably use a different form of citation than you might in a paper for an English class.