Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: May 03, 2019     Views: 3198

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

Example of an essay paragraph which has a long direct quote with 40 or more words inserted as a block quote

Britain is often thought of the ultimate loser of the American Revolution.  However, the truth is not as black and white as is often taught as Conway (2013) concluded:

The War of American Independence, then, defies the neat stereotypes of losers and winners that are usually imposed upon armed conflicts. The nominal loser - Britain - looked in bad shape immediately the conflict closed, but large numbers of its people soon began to appreciate that they had retained many of the benefits of the old imperial relationship with the American colonies but we no longer burdened by the costs. Britain's wider empire, far from beginning a slow but inexorable decline, was within a few years to becoming larger than ever before. (p. 180)

Therefore, even though Britain lost the colonies they did not greatly suffer...

More information: 

For further help please contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (UC Students) and Online Writing Center at 866.721.1662 (Online/COCE Students) for assistance with citing long, block quotations in-text in APA Style.

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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.


Conway, Stephen. (2013). A short history of the American Revolutionary War. London: I.B.Tauris.

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