The preferred attribution is said, but says is acceptable in Washington magazine. The name comes before said, unless a modifier comes after the name: “I came to the university in1995,” Jones said. “This discovery will spark many new opportunities,” said Smith, who led the yearlong study.

If a long quote is divided into two or more paragraphs, continued or added may be used in the additional paragraphs.

Attribution should be consistent within the publication, website or web page; should be easy on the reader; and should not deliver the writer’s opinion of what is being said, such as exclaimed, declared, echoed, assumed and other synonyms for “said.”

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