Quotation Marks are marks of punctuation that are used to set off a direct quotation or a piece of dialogue.
Use double quotation marks to enclose a direct quotation.
Direct quotations repeat a speaker's exact words.
Her editor told her, "The final edits are done on the manuscript."
"The final edits," her editor told her, "are done on the manuscript."
You would not use quotation marks were the sentence structured using and indirect quotation.
Indirect quotations are summaries or paraphrases of someone else's words.
Her editor told her that the final edits were done on the manuscript.
Double quotation marks are also used to enclose titles of songs, short stories, essays, poems and articles.
Hearing the song "Over the Rainbow" always invoked memories of home for her.
Her essay, "Caring for our Elders," earned her very high accolades from her professor.
However, do not use quotation marks around titles of book