Essay Section: Supporting Evidence (Quotes)
This is my first time.
Everyone has had a “first time” for something. The most common first time for each person is learning. Although you may be in a poverty-stricken area of the country, you have had exposure to some form of learning, formally or informally. The learning process might have been limited. For example, you might not have been able to go to school every day; but even in countries that socially restrict women, these women still have had some exposure to learning, even to schooling.
One way in which everyone has had some form of exposure to learning is through their mother. Our mothers teach us first. It doesn’t matter what type of teaching it is. It is still teaching. Therefore, all of us globally have had some exposure to teaching, learning, and schooling, in one way or another. Our “first time” represented something new. Remember we had never seen learning before, in any other form. The teaching was new, the learning was new, and the schooling was new.
When you incorporate a quote for the first time, the quote is new to your paper. Your paper has never known of it before. Figuratively, it has no idea how it will fit. The only person who can ever know if the quote fits is the author (writer) of the paper. Therefore, introduce a quote in such a way that the reader is aware that you are bringing in information for the first time. “What’s Your Name?” is different from “This is my first time.” For example, in reference to the former, the reader needs to know if the quote you have incorporated represents an enemy or an ally to your analysis. However, for the latter, the reader needs to know if the quote you have incorporated is simply just the first time you have incorporated the quote.
Refer to the appropriate citation manual for instructions on how to cite the first time you mention an author and his or her work. There are different styles and rules of applications for each.
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