Answered By: Kathryn Park
Last Updated: Sep 22, 2017     Views: 37161

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"


Miele (1993) found the following:
The “placebo effect,” which had been verified in previous studies, disappeared when behaviors were studied in this manner. Furthermore, the behaviors were never exhibited again [italics added], even when reel [sic] drugs were administered. (p. 276)

See more about in text citations on the Formatting, Tips & Sample Papers page of the Cite APA Style guide (link below).

Comments (6)

  1. The instructions say to double-space, but the example displays single-spacing.
    by Grammy on Aug 26, 2017.
  2. Hi Grammy. Always go by what your instructor wants.
    by Kathryn Park on Sep 05, 2017.
  3. If quotations are exactly 40 words, should these be set as block quotes?
    by John on Sep 22, 2017.
  4. No John, the bock quote is only required when the quotation exceeds 40 words.
    by Kathryn Park on Sep 22, 2017.
  5. The next line after the long quotation, has to be a new paragraph, or has to continue without indenting, or any of those?
    by Librarian in Puerto Rico on May 18, 2019.
  6. That's right Librarian in Puerto Rico. The long quote should be indented from the rest of the paper. After the quote, you resume the previous margin,
    by Kathryn Park on May 20, 2019.

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