Quoting sources is crucial in academic writing. It shows you\u2019ve read up on your subject. It also lets you back up arguments with evidence and ideas from other people. But if you\u2019re quoting a long passage of text, there are rules you need to follow to make sure your work is presented correctly.\r\n\r\nThat\u2019s why we\u2019ve prepared this handy guide on how (and when) to use block quotes.\r\nWhat are Block Quotes?\r\nBlock quotes are longer passages of quoted text that have been set apart from your own writing. This ensures that the reader does not confuse the quoted text with your own writing.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_3238" align="aligncenter" width="465"] A block quote.[\/caption]\r\nWhen Should I Use a Block Quote?\r\nGenerally speaking, block quotes should be used sparingly. This is particularly true in academic writing, since you need to show you can express your ideas in your own words.\r\n\r\nHowever, quoting a longer passage now and then is fine, especially if your arguments rely on how something is worded (e.g., when analyzing a literary text).\r\n\r\nA good rule of thumb is using a block quote for quotations that are more than 40 words long. If you\u2019re using a particular style guide, though, it might have specific guidelines. For example:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSystem\r\n\r\n\r\nLength Required for Block Quote\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAPA\r\n\r\n\r\n40 or more words\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nMLA\r\n\r\n\r\nFour or more lines\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nChicago\r\n\r\n\r\nFive or more lines\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow to Present Block Quotes\r\nThe exact rules for formatting block quotes may depend on the style guide you\u2019re using (always make sure to check if you\u2019re not sure). However, there are a few guidelines that apply in most cases:\r\n\r\n \tStart the block quote on a new line (typically after a colon or comma)\r\n \tIndent the block of text from the left margin (usually by around half an inch)\r\n \tDon\u2019t use quote marks, but cite the source as usual\r\n \tIndent the first line of each paragraph after the first if quoting more than one\r\n\r\nAfter the block quote, simply resume your own text on a new line with standard formatting.