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quotes in a conclusion paragraph

Melissa, SLC Writing Tutor
Is it OK to incorporate a quote in a conclusion paragraph? If so, what's the best way to do this?
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Mike, SLC Tutor
Yes quotes can be included in a conclusion paragraph. But, use them extremely sparingly. Sometimes you can end an essay with a quote that has a poignant and conciliatory. However, in my opinion, end conclusions with a reiteration of your thesis statement. Thus, the best place for a quote should be covered.

Writing has a lot of flexibility, so some decisions are up to the author. But be weary of quotes in a conclusion.
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Kevin, SLC Writing Tutor
That was me.
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Julia, SLC Writing Tutor
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I would try to avoid quotes in the conclusion as it is your argument and you are supposed to conclude it and propose possible solutions. Use your own voice to do that - you want to finish/conclude your argument effectively.
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Michael, SLC Tutor
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Let's talk about what quotes are for first. Quotes serve the function of providing evidence for claims made throughout your paper. In each supporting paragraph, you have a main idea, and that main idea should be supported by various claims that you are making, in your own words. Wherever possible, you want those claims to be supported by quotations or citations. The difference between a quotation and a mere citation is that a citation is a paraphrasing of an author by you, whereas the quotation provides the author's voice. An effective paper uses both throughout the supporting paragraphs.

The introductory and concluding paragraphs serve a different purpose. The former introduces your topic and your thesis (the claim being argued for), while the latter serves to tie all your supporting evidence together, reinforce your thesis, and then demonstrate the implications of your argument (why it matters). Because these are the functions of these two paragraphs, they generally are light on quotations, if they have any at all. It isn't because quotes are not appropriate; sometimes, introducing a paper or concluding a paper with a particularly relevant quote from an author is very effective rhetorically. But on the whole, these two paragraphs should contain your voice as the author of your paper, since it is your claims being forwarded and your ideas that should be being explained. Quotes serve to reinforce your ideas, but they should never be a substitute for them. As long as your conclusion is predominately about your argument, and what you demonstrated, and why it matters, then adding a quote which is appropriate to these themes is acceptable.