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Answered By: Michael Pujals
Last Updated: Jul 17, 2014     Views: 312

The definition of a long direct quote may vary depending on the citation style that  you are using.  According to the APA manual:

If the quotation comprises 40 or more words, display it in a freestanding block of texty and omit the quotation marks.  Start such a block quotation on a new line and dindent the block about a half inch from the left margin (in the same position as a new paragraph).  If there are addition paragraphs withing he quotation, indent the first line of each an additional half-inch.  Double-space the entire quotation.  At the end of a block quotation, cite the quoted source and the page or paragraph number in parentheses after the final punctuation mark.  (Publication Manual of the American Psycology Assocition, 6th ed., 2009, p. 171).

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