Finding and Verifying Quotes
Whether for the annual Inspirational Quotes Contest or finding quotes for a paper or speech ... Choose quotes that can be verified.
To verify a quote, one needs to have who said it, where it was said and when it was said so readers can find the original quote.
Most people turn to free Web sources or "quote a day calendars" to find quotes. Usually these types of sources attribute the quote to an individual, but do not give enough information to check if the quote is correct. Verifiable quotes have citations to help find the original quote.
Here are two quotes with citations from the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, Sixth Edition (2004):
"Ev'ry corner that you turn you meet a notable
With a statement that is eminently quotable!" (Ira Gershwin, 'Of thee I sing' (title of song and show, 1931)
". . .It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations." (Winston Churchill, My Early Life (1931) ch. 9)
With the citations given, one can locate the lyrics of the Gershwin song or the book and chapter by Winston Churchill and check if the quotes are correct.
Finding and Citing Quotes
One can always take a quote directly from a book, song, speech, interview, etc. and then cite it using MLA, APA, or other citation formats. If you want quotation sources that are collections of quotes that give good citations and can be searched by author or topic, try one of the selected sources below.
Print Sources in the Library
Quotation Books On the Reference Shelves (upstairs):
- Cassell Dictionary Of Contemporary Quotations
- Dictionary Of Quotations,
- Bartlett's Familiar Quotations : A Collection Of Passages, Phrases, And Proverbs Traced To Their Sources
- The international thesaurus of quotations
- Magill's quotations in context,
- The Oxford dictionary of modern quotations
- Simpson's contemporary quotations
- The Macmillan book of proverbs, maxims, and famous phrases
- The Oxford Dictionary Of English Proverbs
- Webster's New World Dictionary Of Quotations
- The Home Book Of Quotations, Classical And Modern
- The Oxford Dictionary Of American Quotations
- The Yale Book Of Quotations
Quotation Books In the General Collection (downstairs):
- Familiar Quotations : A Collection Of Passages, Phrases, And Proverbs Traced To Their Sources In Ancient and Modern Literature
- The Oxford Book Of Aphorisms
- The Great Quotations
- Political quotations : a collection of notable sayings on politics from antiquity through 1989
Online Quotation Books Through the Databases
Credo Reference Book Collection contains eight online quotation books. Find them under the quotation subject list of books. They can be searched by keyword or subject. Cite the quotes through a link to EasyBib. Books included:
- Bloomsbury Biographical Dictionary of Quotations
- Bloomsbury Thematic Dictionary of Quotations
- Chambers Classic Speeches
- Collins Dictionary of Quotations
- Rawson's Dictionary of American Quotations
- Respectfully Quoted
- Ripples of Hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches
- Simpson's Contemporary Quotations
Be careful! Most free Websites do not have adequate citations.
The Bartleby site http://www.bartleby.com/quotations/ verifies quotations with citations from the following online books:
- Bartlett, John. 1919. Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. Including over 11,000 quotations, the first new edition of John Bartletts corpus to be published after his death in 1905 keeps most of his original work intact.
- Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989. The 2,100 entries in this eminently researched collection form the constellation of collected wisdom in American political debate.
Furman University's, Mathematical Quotations Server. Well cited quotations in mathematics.
Westfield State College's Mathematical and Educational Quotation Server. Well cited quotations on mathematics and education.
Garson O’Toole's, Quote Investigator, blog investigates quotes. Search the bolg for investigated quotes or request new investigations.
The Phrase Finder. Many quotes are actually restated old sayings and expressions. Use the Phrase Finder to look up phrases, sayings, idioms and expressions.
Summer 2014 LMS