Notice that since I took a direct quote from John Smith's book, I placed those words in quotation marks. Notice also that I placed the date that the book was published directly after the author's name in parentheses--this is proper APA format. Finally, notice that because I explained WHO wrote the book and WHAT book it comes from, the reader is easily able not only to find the source on his/her own to check my facts, but the reader is also more likely to believe what I have to say now that they know that my information comes from a credible source.
Using direct quotes in essays is a great way to support your ideas with concrete evidence and to make your argument come alive. Also it helps to support your topic or your , if you want your essay to look professional, then you have to know how to cite quotes correctly, whether you 're using MLA or APA style. And remember: if you use a quote but don't give credit to the original author, that is considered plagiarism. In addition to putting the quotes in the essay, you'll have to provide a reference page at the end of your essay. If you want to know how to put a quote in an essay, see Step 1 below to get started.