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How do I format a long quote?

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When writing long quotes, you will use a block quotation.  This will set the quote off from the rest of your text.  It is used in both MLA and APA styles, but there will be small differences between the two.

MLA Block Quotation 

  • You will create a block quotation for quotes longer than 4 lines. 
  • You will start the quotation on a new line and indent it 1 inch/2 tabs.
  • The sentence that introduces the quote will end in a colon.
  • There will not be quotation marks around the quote.
  • You will still need to include the author's last name and page number(s).

APA Block Quotation
  • You will create a block quotation for quotes longer than 40 words. 
  • You will start the quotation on a new line and indent it a 1/2 inch/1 tab.
  • The sentence that introduces the quote will end in a colon.
  • There will not be quotation marks around the quote.
  • You will still need to include the author's last name, year of publication, and page number(s).

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