Avoiding plagiarism through quoting and paraphrasing

What is quoting?

Quoting (or quotation) is when you take a phrase, sentence or passage straight from a reading and incorporate it into your own writing. You must always provide a reference when you quote another source directly, and certain punctuation must be used to show where the quote begins and ends.

Short quotes (i.e. less than 30 words long) must have inverted commas ('...') around them:


Longer quotes (i.e. longer than 30 words) must be indented from your writing:


Do not place inverted commas around indented quotes. Sometimes you will need to italicise or decrease the font of your indented quote: check the conventions of your referencing system.