Q. What is a block quote, and how do I format one?


Direct quotes that are 40 or more words in length are formatted as block quotes in APA (2010) style. This means that the quote is set apart from the main text as a separate paragraph, and the entire paragraph is indented half an inch on the left side.


This pdf contains examples of block quotes: Block Quotation Examples (APA, 2013).

For More Information

See "Block Quotations in APA Style" (McAdoo, 2013)


American Psychological Association [APA]. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, D.C: Author.

American Psychological Association [APA]. (2013). Block quotation examples. Retrieved from http://blog.apastyle.org/files/block-quotations.pdf

McAdoo. T. (2013, June 14). Block quotations in APA style [Blog post]. Retrieved from blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2013/06/block-quotations-in-apa-style.html

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