Quoting Whole Sentences

In general, it’s better to quote only the juiciest part of a sentence. However, if you need the whole sentence, here are some ways to introduce the quotation.

Simple Introductions:


  • According to Rodriguez, “xxxxx” (#).
  • In Rodriguez’s words, “xxxxx” (#).
  • In Rodriguez’s view, “xxxxx” (#).
  • On page #, we learn that “xxxxxxxx”.
  • Rodriguez states, “xxxxx” (#).
  • Rodriguez remarks, “xxxxx” (#).
  • Rodriguez writes, “xxxxx” (#).
  • Rodriguez notes, “xxxxx” (#).
  • Rodriguez comments, “xxxxx” (#).
  • Rodriguez observes, “xxxxx” (#).
  • Rodriguez concludes, “xxxxx” (#).
  • Rodriguez reports, “xxxxx” (#).
  • Rodriguez maintains, “xxxxx” (#).
  • Rodriguez adds, “xxxxx” (#).
  • Rodriguez points out that “xxxxx” (#).
  • Rodriguez argues that “xxxxx” (#).
  • Rodriguez emphasizes that “xxxxx” (#).
  • Rodriguez interprets the [idea] as “xxxxx” (#).
  • Rodriguez describes the [idea/thing] as “xxxxx” (#).

More Complex Introductions:

You can introduce your quote and then explain its significance later in the sentence.


  • The words “xxxxxxxxx” (#) demonstrate…
  • The phrase “xxxxxxx” (#) shows…

Sophisticated Introductions:

You can use a full sentence followed by a colon to introduce a quotation.


  • The setting emphasizes deception: “Nothing is as it appears” (1).
  • Frost ends the poem appropriately: “Nothing gold can stay” (8).

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