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Writers' Center

Eastern Washington University

Workshops

Welcome to our workshop guide. We have created these online workshops for you (faculty, students, and staff). Please feel free to use and share these workshops.

Making a Claim for Literary Analysis

How to cite literary sources and use "quotes"

Literary analysis relies on the use of quotations and or paraphrasing from a text to provide evidence and examples for that analysis. This presentation will guide you through the process of:

  • Coming up with a claim
  • Writing an appropriate thesis or topic sentence to state that claim for the essay or for a body paragraph
  • Finding appropriate examples from a text to quote or paraphrase
  • How to insert those quotes into your own writing
  • How to add your own analysis to explain how the quote(s) demonstrate your claim