Answered By: Erin McDaniel
Last Updated: May 13, 2015     Views: 337

Your instructor means that you can only directly quote (word for word) your sources twice in your paper. All other times, you must paraphrase, or use your own words to describe what the source says.

In MLA format, a long quote is four or more lines, and must be in block format. Click the Purdue Owl MLA libguide link below for more information on short and long quotes.

Generally speaking you want to make your own arguments, using your sources as support.

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