Q. What is substitution?
How can I correct an error in a source I'm using?
Substitution is an acceptable way to change parts of a quote or add to it. Appropriate times to change a quote would be to correct spelling errors or change punctuation. A third way to use substitution is to replace words such as "it," "this," "that," to the noun that they refer. Substitution should not impact the meaning of a quote. Changes to quotes should start and end with square brackets, [ ].
“Writing at a colege level requires informed research."
Many authors agree that “[w]riting at an col[l]ege level requires informed research” (Harvey, 1, p. 16).
Harvey's research reinforces that "col[l]ege level [writing] requires informed research" (1, p. 16).
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