Interactive Rubric for Written Communication: 7.2.4. Quotation Marks

This guide will help you understand common conventions of academic writing and the application of marking rubrics



Definition (formal)

Quotation marks can be used to indicate direct speech, copied text and short titles. In British English single quotation marks (i.e., ')are used to indicate a quote and double quotation marks (i.e., “) are used to indicate a quote within a quote.

Definition (informal)

Quotation Marks: How do you know who said what?


For example, the following sentence in the Persuasive Essay Example uses quotation marks to indicate a direct quote from another author’s paper.

This position complements Weinberg’s (1989) claim that ‘genes do not fix behaviour . . . rather, they establish a range of possible reactions to the range of possible experiences that the environment can provide’ (p. 101).  

Resources (textbook)

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