Citing quotes properly is not as easy as one might think. It is easy for me to give you the basic format verbally; obviously you would benefit even further from an actual model. The basic approach applies to both citation formats. If I were to quote a rather short passage I would simply introduce the basic idea, place a comma and quote, “blah, blah, blah.” Then I would explain the quote and relate it back t my central idea. If you have a long quote you must do the following: Compose a sentence or two that simplistically acknowledges the fundamental concept of the quote you are about to site. You will explain the The following passage depicts Thoreau relishing the spiritual uplift and sense of belonging quote in coming sentences. the community of life gives him: It was very queer, especially in the dark nights, when your thoughts had wondered to vast and cosmogonal themes in other spheres, to feel this faint jerk, which came to interrupt your dreams and link you to nature again. It seemed as if I Your selected quote should not be might next cast my line upward into the air, as more than four sentences. It well as downward into this element which was should convey one thought and scarcely more dense. Thus I caught two fishes one thought only. You don’t have as it were with one hook. (Thoreau, p. 1860) to change margins to space. Just tab! Through his intimate contact with nature Thoreau has experienced something that he cannot articulate in simple language. This is why he invites people to attempt an experience like his, so that the experience will speak for itself and so he will be able to relate to others on these terms. What Thoreau is experiencing at this moment is not unknown or that uncommon, Acknowledge quote before you however. Indigenous peoples experience this feeling of belonging and harmony with the relate it back to your idea. spiritual and material spheres all the time, for they, like Thoreau at this moment, are a part of Translate for your reader ex actly what the author and./ the cycles of life and death that revolve endlessly in nature. As he struggles with the fish he or character is saying. Be specific and direct. This has placed himself back into the hands of the Gods and into the laws that bind all living ex planation should be in your notes or ARL already . things. Relate quote directly back to your idea. You must make it clear that the quote supports your idea and thesis.