Turnitin is software that the university subscribes to that detects potential plagiarism. It will generate a “similarity” score that indicates the percentage of the student’s paper that matches the vast content in Turnitin’s database. Your professor can add a dropbox in Pilot for this tool so that you can use it.
Keep the source author's name in the same sentence as the quote
Mark the quote with quotation marks, or set it off from your text in its own block, per the style guide your paper follows
Quote no more material than is necessary; if a short phrase from a source will suffice, don't quote an entire paragraph
To shorten quotes by removing extra information, use ellipsis points (...) to indicate omitted text, keeping in mind that:
In longer quotes where you have omitted a sentence in between other complete sentences, maintain terminal puncutation in between the ellipses.
Example: "None of the national reports I saw made even passing references to inequality or segregation. . . . Booker T. Washington was cited with increasing frequency, Du Bois never, and Martin Luther King only with cautious selectivity." (Kozol 3).
To give context to a quote or otherwise add wording to it, place added words in brackets, ( [ ] ); be careful not to editorialize or make any additions that skew the original meaning of the quote—do that in your main text, e.g.,Use quotes that will have the most rhetorical, argumentative impact in your paper; too many direct quotes from sources may weaken your credibility, as though you have nothing to say yourself, and will certainly interfere with your style
OK: Kozol claims there are "savage inequalities" in our educational system, which is obvious.
WRONG: Kozol claims there are "[obvious] savage inequalities" in our educational system.
Kozol, Jonathan. Savage Inequalities: Children in America's Schools. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1992. Print.