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.
Block Quote Example
Accord to Siegel and Hartzell (2004)
trauma and loss requires an understanding of the low road and its connection to patterns of experiences from the past. The passing of unresolved issues from generation to generation produces and perpetuates unnecessary emotional suffering. If our own issues remain unresolved, there is a strong possibility that the disorganization within our minds can createdisorganization in our children’s minds. (p. 183)
During gestation, the numerous genes in the nucleus of each cell become expressed and the genes determine what proteins become produced and when and how to shape the body’s structure. In utero brain development enables neurons to grow and move to their proper locations in the skull and begin to set up the interconnections that create the circuitry of this complex organ of the nervous system. (Siegel & Hartzell, 2004)
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