Q. If I just want to state a quote that someone said, do I put it only in quotation marks or do I italicize it too?

Example "You're never too old to become younger." - Mae West


To state an exact quote use quotation marks, according to the APA Help guide.

There are some examples in the Sample Paper, such as:

“Committed members are viewed as stable, productive, and more likely to accomplish organizational goals than their less committed colleagues” (Larkey & Morrill, 1995, p. 193).

Italics are used for:

  • Titles of books
  • Journal/Magazine/Newspaper titles

For more examples of proper use of italics, see the APA Help guide and click on References and In-text Citation Examples.

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  • Last Updated Jan 30, 2018
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