Q. I am writing a paper in APA format and was wondering how I cite a long quotation?

The quotation is longer than 40 words.


If you are citing a large amount of text (longer than 40 words):

  • Indent every line of the text .5" (as would the first line of a regular paragraph)
  • Do not use quotation marks
  • Start the quotation on a new line
  • Place your in-text citation in parentheses after the final period.

Use long quotations sparingly and only when the information cannot be restated better than the original.

To see an example:

  • Visit the APA Help Guide.
  • See Citing Sources in the Text.  
  • Scroll down to Citing Long Quotations

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  • Last Updated Jan 13, 2020
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