Answered By: Rachel Willard Last Updated: May 02, 2017 Views: 1055
When a writer uses another source's exact words, he or she is using a quotation. Quotations that are 40 words or more from that original source should be formatted as block quotations.
Block quotations require specific indentation, punctuation, and format. See the Writing Center website for further examples and details of how to specifically format block quotations.
- Block quotations should be used sparingly. Instead of using block quotes, try to quote smaller portions or paraphrase. See tips on using evidence or view the Writing Center's resources on paraphrasing for practice in using these smaller pieces.
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