Q. Is it possible to have not enough quotations in my writing?
Every item you submit should have a careful balance of your voice and evidence to support your claims. We recommend the ACE method (see below).
If you use direct words from the source, that's a quote, and you must use quotation marks. If you put the ideas from the source into your own words, that's a paraphrase. You don't need to put paraphrased material in quotation marks, but you do still have to cite it.
We strongly recommend that you paraphrase more frequently than you quote. Quotes are primarily for statistics that you cannot paraphrase or summarize or if you must convey an idea directly.
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