Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Nov 09, 2015     Views: 749

Block quotes are used when there are 40 or more words when the author's exact words are being provided word for word. General Rules:

  • Indent the block quote five spaces or half an inch
  • Do not use quotation marks
  • Double space the quote unless your school has a rule about single spacing block quotes
  • Do not include any additional lines or spaces before or after the block quote
  • In block quotes, the period goes before the parentheses, not after

Here is an example of an essay paragraph which has a long direct quote with 40 or more words inserted as a block quote:

Students at SNHU have faced challenges in learning how to use APA formatting. When discussing the challenges, Strunk (1922) stated:

Use quotes around an article title or book chapter, but italicize the title of a book, journal, brochure, or report when  used in the body of the   paper.  Use a short title in the parenthetical citation or complete title if the title is short.  NOTE Non-periodical titles like books and book titles have all the important words capitalized in the text citations, but these same book titles do not have all the important words capitalized in the reference list. (p. 342)

Callahan (2001), however, says ….

This information is intended to be a guideline, not expert advice. Please be sure to speak to your professor about the appropriate way to cite in-text a long, block quotation in your class assignments and projects.

For more information about citing long, block quotations in-text in APA Style, please visit our APA guide or contact the Learning Center (UC Students) or Online Writing Center (COCE Students).

You may also want to consider:

Still Need Help? Ask a Librarian!

About FAQs

About FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are a self-serve option for users to search and find answers to their questions. 

Use the search box above to type your question to search for an answer or browse existing FAQs by group, topic, etc.

Tell Me More

Link to Question Form