« on: December 18, 2005, 09:56:23 PM »
the rule of thumb for quoting is to "keep the language"--if the language isn't that compelling, it can be better to paraphrase athe idea and just mention the author/speaker. In my PS I had two short, direct quotes--one from MLK Jr and one from Thane Rosenbaum (The Myth of Moral Justice) and one longer paraphrase from Boyte & Kari's Building America: The Democratic Promise of Public Work. All folded nicely into my own chosen theme, and none dictated my content.
I will say this: How comfy are you incorporating quotes into text? If it's something you know you do just fine in papers for school, cool. If not--quotes are one of the most abused items in academic writing, and adcomms know this. Just "dropping in" a quote runs the risk of making a paper seem amateurish. Grab someone from a writing center, or a high-quality writer, and get them to tell you (honestly) if you've done a good job with it.