When you introduce your quotations, you should do so in a variety of ways. The following methods are acceptable (pay careful attention to the punctuation marks):
Introductory Phrase Format
According to Scout, “Atticus said the Ewells had been the disgrace of Maycomb for three generations. None of them had done an honest day’s work in his recollection” ( 30).
Although no one in Maycomb had seen Boo for years, “the neighborhood thought that when Mr. Radley went under Boo would come out,” but instead, Boo’s older brother, Nathan Radley moved back to town to carry out their father’s restrictions on Boo (12).
Note: The citation is placed at the end of the paragraph even though the quotation ended earlier.
Colon/Introductory Clause Format
Atticus tries to explain Mr. Cunningham’s involvement with the mob to Scout: “Mr. Cunningham’s basically a good man … he just has blind spots along with the rest of us” (157).
Check out these resources as well...
- Embedding quotations (University of North Carolina's Writing Center) --GREAT RESOURCE!
embedding quotations: https://www.sjsu.edu/writingcenter/docs/handouts/Embedding%20Quotations.pdf
integrating quotes: http://facultyweb.ivcc.edu/rrambo/eng1001/quotes.htm