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Introduction paragraphs

Melissa, SLCTutor
Is it okay to put quotations in the introduction paragraph? If so, what's the most effective way to do this?
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Julia, SLC Writing Tutor
I personally wouldn't use quotations in an intro as introduction should be dedicated to the writer's ideas/thoughts/voice - you express your own opinion and try to draw readers' attention so that they will become interested in the topic and would want to read more. However, if there is an interesting quote that you think perfectly represents the subject of your paper, then sure, you can use it and perhaps even start your essay with it - this shows that other people (people that can be quoted!) are interested in the conversation and you are a part of it.
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Kevin, SLC Writing Tutor
Quotes are best used sparingly in introductions. Mostly because teachers find them cliche as many, many students will begin a paper with a well-known, often over-used quote.
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