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APA style papers are written for social science fields such as psychology and behavioral sciences. As such, the material tends to be complex using high language. When you’re preparing your APA paper, you may find yourself using longer quotations from other researchers to strengthen your research argument.

Using long quotations is acceptable in APA style. These style rules require that any direct quotations that are 40 words or longer be set off in a block quotation. In your literature review section, you’ll use quotations often. You may also use them in your abstract.

Formatting an APA Block Quotation

  1. Start the quotation on a new line
  2. Indent the block .5 inches from the margin
  3. Do not put quotation marks around the block
  4. Double-space
  5. Place the parenthetical (in-text) citation at the end of the block after the final period.
  6. If the block quote consists of more than one paragraph, indent the first line of the second paragraph .5 inches.

Example

(53 words)

Wetli (2019) in her literature review about inclusivity in archival spaces noted that:

Scholar’s [sic] view archives as the custodial spaces of history and its artifacts, a model which predicates ownership, power, and control. To negate this, many organizations have moved towards a model of stewardship. These institutional archives work cooperatively with the communities whose histories they are preserving by providing stable infrastructure, training, and technological support. (p. 4)

Note: Use the exact quote as published. If there are spelling or grammatical errors, enclose sic in brackets after the error.

 

Note: Use brackets to insert your own words within a quotation

 

Wetli (2019) in her literature review about inclusivity in archival spaces noted that:

Scholar’s [sic] view archives as the custodial spaces of history and its artifacts, a model which predicates ownership, power, and control. To negate this, many organizations [natural museums and large libraries] have moved towards a model of stewardship. These institutional archives work cooperatively with the communities whose histories they are preserving by providing stable infrastructure, training, and technological support. (p. 4)

Wetli, A. (2019). Promoting inclusivity in the archive: A literature review reassessing tradition through theory and practice. School of Information Student Research Journal, 8(2). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/slissrj/vol8/iss2/4

Short Quotations

Integrate short quotations (fewer than forty words) within the sentence. Include the author, date and page number.

Example

As Babbie (2014) mentions, the survey method is “probably the best method available to the social researcher who is interested in collecting original data for describing a population too large to observe directly” (p. 118).

Including quotations, even longer ones, is a good way to demonstrate your understanding of the topic and how it bolsters your thesis or purpose statement.  As always, follow your assignment rubric as some teachers may require a certain number of quotations.

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Adrienne Mathewson, Editor-in-Chief of Bibliography.com, is an Information Professional with a Master’s in Library, Information & Science from San José State University with an emphasis on information literacy and scholarly publishing. She is a certified librarian through the State of New Mexico.

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