NOTE: This article only applies to APA 6 and MLA 8 in PERRLA Online. Click here to see these instructions for APA 7 in PERRLA Online.
If you have a quote that's longer than 40 words, the APA format recommends you turn it into a block quote (instead of an inline quote).
What are blockquotes?
Normal quotes (less than 40 words) happen directly in a normal paragraph and have quotation marks at the beginning and end of the quote.
Block quotes are separate from your normal paragraphs (with some special formatting) and don't have quotation marks. By APA's standard (Sect. 6.03 in APA 6th Ed.), block quotes should be indented on the left and right side for every line of the quote. Just like normal paragraph text, the lines should also be double-spaced.
How to create blockquotes
Luckily, PERRLA makes it easy to create block quotes without all the fuss of formatting it yourself. Here's how it works when you're writing a paper in PERRLA Online.
- Make the quote its own paragraph
You can do this by pressing Enter before and after the quote in your paper's body.
- Highlight the quote
- Click on the Block Quote option in the APA Styles drop down box
That's it! We'll format your highlighted text as a block quote with the correct formatting for you.
FYI, the block quote style formats the entire paragraph that it is applied to. That's why we made the quote its own paragraph first. If you end up making more text a block quote than needed, make the block quote its own paragraph and set the other text back to APA Paragraph using the APA Styles drop-down.