Inserting a Long Direct Quotation

First, the rules

How to do it

First, type your paper and make the long quotation a separate paragraph. It is probably best to type the paragraph that follows your quotation, then highlight your quote and do this:


If you have more than a couple of these in a brief paper, you should really ask yourself why—are you simply padding the paper out?

Check very carefully for errors of spelling and copying. If you are working from an online source, copying and pasting is the most secure because a direct quotation is the exact words of the source.

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Revised 11/23/21 • Page author: Curtis Allen • e-mail: