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					          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
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 .

  Relate quote directly back to your idea. You must make it clear
  that the quote supports your idea and thesis.

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