I've found that I'm losing steam with these grammar posts. Anyhow, in my political analysis assignment I found that I would punctuate after quotation marks instead of in the quotation marks. So, I thought it'd be a good idea to go over those rules.
There are two instances when it is appropriate to use quotation marks:
1. To enclose direct quotes.
ex. Jim said, "Never bring your purple belt to work, because somebody might steal it."
2. To indicate if a word is used in an ironic fashion. (This is where most people over do it. Less is more folks!)
ex. The great march of "progress" has left millions impoverished and hungry.
For more tips on quotation punctuation click here.