Tutor profile: Olivia C.
What is the proper way to introduce a book quote into a paper using MLA format?
The proper way to introduce a book quote into a paper using MLA format would be to first introduce the idea that the quote is supporting. Next, Introducing the quote does not mean summarizing everything that happens in the quote but rather introducing a smooth transition from your own writing into the quote. Example: This is idea is exemplified when Harry tells Sarah that she hurt his feelings during the picnic. Harry says, "insert quote" (Author name, page number). OR Example: Harry showed Sarah that she had this type of impact on him when he said, "insert quote" (Author name, page number).
What is the best way for a student to format a paper about a book they just read for class?
The best way for a student to format a paper about a book they just read for class is to start with an outline. A student should pick out important quotes from the book based on the prompt given to them. The subject of the quotes will vary depending on the prompt given to them. Based on the quotes they have picked out, the student should then write a thesis that includes the major ideas they want to discuss throughout the paper. After writing the thesis, the students can format their paragraphs based on what major ideas are included in the thesis. The student should very basically format the topic for each paragraph based on the specifics of their thesis and attach quotes to each paragraph to ensure that each paragraph is clear.
How have your English courses at Indiana University prepared you for being a writing tutor?
I have taken over fifteen English courses at IU that have shaped my skills in advanced writing, analyzing, and editing. I have taken analytical writing courses and creative writing courses that have tested my skills in the different areas of writing. During my time at Indiana University, I took an Independent honors course where I had to work on my thesis for one year independently. I was given the opportunity to work with a professional writer as my advisor during the process and in turn, was given important advice on the writing process that I am ready to share with other students.
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