Use of indirect quote in my thesis writing

Quotation plays an important role in thesis writing. While writing a thesis when you want to highlight the words of other author,  particularly important, the easiest way is to use a direct quotation. Direct quotation is used when the quotation is fewer than four typed lines of prose or three lines of verse. These are embedded in quotation mark sign.

The other way of using quotation is called indirect quotation. While using indirect quotation we do not use the exact wordings but rather rephrase or summaries what another person’s words are. In this case, it is not necessary to use quotation marks. But proper citations is required in both the cases. Indirect quotation is generally used when we need to quote long passages.

While using the indirect quotation:

  • Always start on a fresh and a new line.
  • Leave about one inch margin and it should be double spaced.
  • Keep in mind that parenthetical citation should come after the closing punctuation mark.
  • When we are citing multiple paragraphs, then indent the first line of the quotation by a half inch.
  • When the first paragraph is less than four lines. Indent the first line of each quoted paragraph an extra quarter inch.