How to cite a quotation alone?
June 18, 2013 9:33 AM Subscribe
What is the proper way to cite a quotation alone, not in the context of a paper, without any other text around it?
Googled it, but only got info on common ways to quote within a paper, MLA, APA, etc.
I'm working on a web page with a splash page that is to contain a Marie Curie quote only, by itself and nothing else, and the proper citation looks ridiculous. However, this webpage will be seen by science professionals, and I don't want to look like an idiot or be accused of plagiarism.
Here's what I think is proper (but of course may be wrong):
"I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale. We should not allow it to be believed that all scientific progress can be reduced to mechanisms, machines, gearings, even though such machinery also has its beauty."
~Marie Curie as quoted in Madame Curie : A Biography (1937) by Eve Curie Labouisse, as translated by Vincent Sheean, p. 341
But can I do something simpler and still be correct? Like:
~Marie Curie (1867 – 1934)
or, should I use her birth name as her first name:
~Maria Curie (1867 – 1934)
Also, what is the standard mark to put before the author? ~, or -, or nothing?
I hope it's not a stupid question, and if it wasn't to be seen by academics I wouldn't even worry about it. But you know how academics are. :)