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Can I change the capitalization of the first word in a quotation in APA Style?

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In order to better integrate your quotation into your text, you can change the capitalization of the first letter of the first word without indicating that you changed the text (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 172). As well, "the punctuation mark at the end of a sentence may be changed to fit the syntax" (p. 172), and "single quotation marks may be changed to double quotation marks and vice versa" (p. 172). All other changes should be noted; please refer to page 172 in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (American Psychological Association, 2010) for more information.


American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. 

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