Quotation Marks (" ") most often indicate direct quotations (exact words of a speaker or writer). Quotation marks also express the use of certain words in a special way and specify titles of shorter works. Direct quotations are a word- for-word uses of an outside source. To preserve integrity, the outside source must be quoted exactly, and the use of its material must be properly set off and, usually, documented. These conditions are to be maintained when quoting from any source: written, spoken, witnessed, or expressed in an electronic form (on the Internet, for example).
The example above includes the quote in the context of the sentence. Some quotations are introduced more formally, and a punctuation mark such as a comma or a colon separates the introductory material from the quote itself:
The first line of Moby Dick is, "Call me Ishmael." When employing a long direct quote (occupying more than four typed lines), do not use quotation marks. Instead, use a block quote style, indenting all lines in the quote as a block:
Note: Be certain to always document your sources
correctly, according to the documentation method
approved by your profession or academic discipline.