Answered By: Kathryn Park
Last Updated: Dec 09, 2015     Views: 228230

APA
APA requires that any quotation over 40 words be started on a new line, indented .5 inches from the margin, double spaced without quotation marks, essentially a block quote. Here's how:

  1. Hit enter before the first word of the quote, and after the last word of the quote
  2. Highlight the text
  3. Right click and select paragraph
  4. Under indent change left to .5"

MLA
MLA requires that any quotation over 4 lines (or 3 lines of verse) be started on a new line, indented 1 inch from the margin, double spaced without quotation marks, essentially a block quote. Here's how:

  1. Hit enter before the first word of the quote, and after the last word of the quote
  2. Highlight the text
  3. Right click and select paragraph
  4. Under indent change left to 1"

Comments (11)

  1. Thanks so much, this really helps!
    by Kim on Apr 23, 2014.
  2. How can I get rid of the tab on my block quotation?
    by Michael Thompson on Jun 29, 2014.
  3. If you just created the block quote, you can hit the "Undo" button. It's the blue arrow at the very top of the tabs on the left.

    If that isn't available, highlight the paragraph you want to "unblock" and right-click. Select the Paragraph menu from the list of options.

    Under the Indentation area, change the number in the Left: box to 0". The Special menu should say none.

    Essentially, you are just reversing the steps listed in the first question.

    If you just want the first line to be indented, put your cursor in front of the first word and hit the tab key.
    by Erin McDaniel on Jun 30, 2014.
  4. Do I need Quotation marks at the beginning and end of my quote still?
    by Ally T on Jan 19, 2015.
  5. Hi Ally-You do not need quotation marks when creating a block quotation. Go to Purdue Owl's MLA Guide here and look for the Long Quote section. http://bit.ly/1c53Hf2
    by Erin McDaniel on Jan 20, 2015.
  6. This was super helpful and it worked. Thanks a bunch!
    by Desimay ormein on May 14, 2015.
  7. Thank you so much. This was super-super helpful
    by Uzoma on Jan 19, 2016.
  8. Thanks! This helped a lot. I did find that indenting the right side as well made my quote look better. Just a thought. :)

    COMLibrarian response: According to MLA, only the left side is indented 1". There is not indentation on the right, even though it may be more attractive. Be sure to check with your instructor before handing in your paper to make sure they are ok with that.
    by Bryanna Conner on Feb 09, 2016.
  9. How do I make a block quote in Word for my paper? Should it be double spaced or single spaced?

    COMLibrarian response: The block quote should be double spaced for both APA and MLA styles.
    by alberto on Mar 27, 2016.
  10. This works! It is a huge time-saver.
    Thank you!
    by laurie on Apr 25, 2016.
  11. RS, you asked: The above method did not work in my Word...any suggestions?

    This still works in Microsoft Word 2013 as well as Office 365. What version are you using?

    You could try using the indent icon on the ribbon. By default it only indents .05", so you'll need to indent twice.

    You'll also still need to hit enter before and after the text to the indent so the formatting is not applied to anything else.
    by Rs on May 03, 2016.

Answers by Topic

Ask COM Library Home

Your Questions Answered

Your Questions Answered!

Ask COM Library

More Ways to Ask