Why the ellipsis is your friend…
Have you ever been listening to someone tell a story, and you know there is a point to it, you know it’s coming, but it seems to take forever for the storyteller to get to the point? Don’t you just wish that you could cut out some of the middle to get to the important parts? Well, you can! In your papers, that is. You can, and you should.
Sometimes, when writing a paper, you will come across a great quote that supports the point you are trying to make in your paper. The beginning really relates to your point, and the end drives it home as well. But the middle deviates to another topic. What do you do? You throw an ellipsis (…) into the middle, and magically have a perfect quote to use. Just write the beginning of the quote, and in place of all of the throwaway words in the middle, write … Then, continue the quote with the ending you’d like to use. You can also take out 2 or 3 useless sections by inserting an ellipsis into each section.
Yeah, you may be thinking, but if I include the middle of the quote, it will make my paper longer. Sure it will, and all of that pointless stuff in the middle made your friend’s story longer, too, but it also turned it into a less than pleasant tale to sit through. Remember, you want your professor to enjoy reading your paper, not just be happy with the length.