Long Quote Format
Most quotes are worked smoothly into a paragraph, but there is an exception. If a quote takes up more than four full lines of typed text in your document, it is formatted differently. First, the entire quote is indented one inch (or ten spaces if using a typewriter) while the right margin remains the same. The quotation is still double-spaced just like everything else in the paper. If your long quote includes more than one paragraph, indent each paragraph an additional quarter-inch, or three spaces. Also, this indented format tells your reader it is a direct quotation, so no quotation marks are used. And finally, the parenthetical citation is placed two spaces after the period at the end of the quotation. More often than not, the quote is introduced with a colon. Here is an example:
When using a modern word processor like Microsoft Word, the easiest way to format a long quote is as follows:
After typing your paper, if the quote is longer than four typed lines, isolate it from the rest of the text by placing the cursor at the beginning of the quote and pressing the Enter key to start it on a new line. Position the cursor at the end of the quote and press Enter to separate the quote completely from the rest of the text.
Now that the quote is separated from the body of the paper, select (highlight) the quote. Now drag the left margin tab over one inch to the right. The word processor will re-format the highlighted text to fit the new margin, without affecting the margins of the rest of the paper.
Be sure to erase the quote marks, and be sure the in text citing information is outside the period. Any words quoted within the inset are set off by regular quotation marks.