Answered By: Iris Carroll
Last Updated: Jun 29, 2016     Views: 2

Great question!

It's always best to use direct quotations sparingly. There are several reasons for this. First of all you don't want your paper to be choppy for your teacher to read. If you just insert a lot of quotations, it could turn out very choppy with several different "voices" telling your story instead of you. Which leads to the second reason, you want to tell your story or explain your issue. You want to show your teacher that you understand the topic and have drawn your own conclusions from your research. Therefore, it's always better to incorporate your outside sources by paraphrasing and/or summarizing them.

Click on the tutorial below from the Greenwood Skills Center to learn these easy techniques: