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Quick Guide to Punctuation Use: When, Why, and Where

Click on any of the terms below for some basic rules on how to use that punctuation correctly in academic writing. For more detailed rules and additional examples of punctuation use, consult your writing handbook.

Commas

,

Question Mark

?

Quotation Marks

" ... "

Dashes

--

Semicolons

;

Exclamation Point

!

Parentheses

(    )

Colon

:

Periods

.

Apostrophes

'

Brackets

[    ]

Ellipses

...