Ellipses: Omitting Portions of a Quote
To omit certain portions of a quote (doesn’t fit your point), use an ellipsis enclosed in brackets: [. . .]
*When you are finished, the sentence should still be grammatically correct and still make sense. You also cannot alter the author’s intended meaning!
Page 608, ¶8:
*We learn of the harmful effects of gambling when Gold and Ferrell reveal that “[c]ompulsive gambling has been linked to child abuse, domestic violence, [. . .] and a host of other criminal and social ills” (608).
Beginning: No [. . .] if removed portion is at beginning of quote
*Gold and Ferrell reveal the severity of the financial devastation caused by gambling: “[E]mbezzlement, bogus insurance claims, bankruptcies, [and] welfare fraud [. . .]” (608).
· If omission is at the end of your sentence and there is no citation (author in text, source TV/radio, etc.), put your period after bracket but before quotation marks: [. . .].”
· If there is a citation, put final period after it: [. . .]” (608).
An entire sentence or more:
A. If you take out material at the end of a sentence and then a sentence or more: [. . .].
Page 608, ¶6:
We see the escalation of this problem when we learn that “[n]ever before have bettors blown so much money—a whopping $50.9 billion last year [. . .]. A substantial share of those gambling losses [. . .] pours from the pockets and purses of chronic losers hooked on the adrenaline rush of risking their money [. . .]” (Gold 608).
B. If you take out a sentence and/or sentences and then the beginning of a sentence: . [. . .]
Page 612, ¶39
The lure of the possible win and the inability to let it go is revealed when we learn that “[a]t on a Tuesday night, with a bankroll of $55 [. . .] [Rex] is at a poker table in Gardenia. [. . .] [H]e talks about leaving, getting some sleep. comes and goes. [. . .] ‘I’ll go at 2. Win, lose, or draw’” (Gold 612).