Using direct quotes in essays

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Sometimes what you wish to directly quote is a long passage or narrative that when shortened loses its meaning or effectiveness. A block quotation is generally considered any direct quote that is four or more lines. Instead of offsetting these quotes with quotation marks, you double space between the lead-in to the quote and the quote itself, and indent it about one inch (or 10 spaces) from the left margin. To introduce the block quote, you can summarize very succinctly in one brief sentence what the quote contains or use a simpler lead-in, whichever the context of your piece dictates. If a parenthetical reference is included, it is added as the last line of the indented block on a line of its own. If the lead-in is a complete sentence, use a colon at the end of it; if it is not a complete sentence, use a comma. Consider the following example:

Using direct quotes in essays

using direct quotes in essays


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