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APA 6th Edition 

A block quotation begins on a new line and is left-aligned but indented (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 171). See below for information and an example of a block quotation:

If the quotation comprises 40 or more words, display it in a freestanding block of text and omit the quotation marks. Start such a block quotation on a new line and indent the block about a half inch from the left margin (in the same position as a new paragraph). If there are additional paragraphs within the quotation, indent the first line of each an additional half inch. Double-space the entire paragraph. At the end of a block quotation, cite the quoted source and the page or paragraph number in parentheses after the final punctuation mark. (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 171)

If there is a quotation within the block quotation, use double quotation marks to indicate the quotation (p. 92). See page 171 in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for examples and more information.

For more information regarding block quotations, please visit "Block Quotations in APA Style" from the APA Style Blog.

Reference

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

APA 7th Edition

A block quotation begins on a new line and is left-aligned but indented (American Psychological Association, 2020, p. 272). See below for information and an example of a block quotation:

Start a block quotation on a new line and indent the whole block 0.5 in. from the left margin. If there are additional paragraphs within the quotation, indent the first line of each subsequent paragraph an additional 0.5 in. Double-space the entire block quotation; do not add extra space before or after it. Either (a) cite the source in parentheses after the quotation's final punctuation or (b) cite the author and year in the narrative before the quotation and place only the page number in parentheses after the quotation's final punctuation. Do not add a period after the closing parenthesis. (American Psychological Association, 2020, p. 272) 

If there is a quotation within the block quotation, use double quotation marks to indicate the quotation (American Psychological Association, p. 272). See page 272 in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for examples and more information.

For more information regarding block quotations, please visit Quotations from APA Style.

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000