Block quotations are used when the direct quote you are using is 40+ words in length (approximately four or more lines of text). When you have a quote this long, it must be made into a block.

How do I format a Block Quote?

To properly format a block quote, follow these guidelines:

  • Double-space the block quote.
  • Begin the block quote on a new line.
  • Do not enclose the direct quote in quotation marks.
  • Indent each line of the block quote by ½ inch.
  • Provide an introduction to the quote.
  • Punctuate the quoted material with a period before the parenthetical citation – with no ending punctuation after the parentheses.

Example Block Quote

Sample Block Quote