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APA Style: Citing Your Sources

About Block Quotes

  • Any quotation containing 40 or more words should be formatted as a Block Quote
  • Do not use quotation marks to enclose block quotations.  Do use double quotation marks to enclose any quoted material within a block quotation
  • Place period at the end of the quote rather than after the citation
  • Block quotes should start on a new line and indent the block about ½ inch from the left margin
  • If there are additional paragraphs within the block quote, indent the first line of each an additional half inch.
  • Double space the entire quotation

    For further information and examples, consult pages 92 and 171 of the APA Manual.

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