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Answered By: BethMarie Gooding
Last Updated: Apr 10, 2018     Views: 2774

Quotations of 40 or more words are block quotations. The quotation begins on a new line and the whole quotation is indented. No quotation marks are used and the citation is at the end of the quotation after the final punctuation mark.  

 Here is an example of a block quotation (normally it would be double spaced, the web doesn't let us do that here):

Place direct quotations longer than 40 words in a free-standing block of typewritten lines, and omit quotation marks. Start the quotation on a new line, indented ½ inch from the left margin, i.e., in the same place you would begin a new paragraph. Type the entire quotation on the new margin, and indent the first line of any subsequent paragraph within the quotation ½ inch from the new margin. Maintain double-spacing throughout. The parenthetical quotation should come after the closing punctuation mark. (Angeli, et al., 2010, para. 27)

To see an example of a block quote in a paper, check out page 6 of our APA Sample Paper: APA 6th Edition Sample Paper

To do the block indent, use the block indent button (see below):