Use quotation marks to enclose direct quotations of a person’s words, spoken or written. Do not use quotation marks around indirect quotations. An indirect quotation reports someone’s ideas without using that person’s exact words. Set off long quotations of prose or poetry by indenting. Use single quotation marks to enclose a quotation within a quotation. Quotation marks should be used around the titles of short works: newspaper and magazine articles, poems, short stories, songs, episodes of television and radio programs, and subdivisions of books or web sites. Quotation marks may be used to set off words used as words. Punctuation is used with quotation marks according to convention. Periods and commas are placed inside quotation marks, while colons and semicolons are placed outside quotation marks. Question marks and exclamation points are placed inside quotation marks. Do not use quotation marks around the title of your own essay.
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