Country Report (Pro)


Clean Up Your Block Quote

Use the following checklist to make sure your block quote is formatted correctly.


Block quotes should be indented 1" from the left margin. Here is how you do it:

  • Select your block quote.
  • Look for the ruler bar at the top of your document.
  • You will see a little rectangle and below the little rectangle you will see an upside-down triangle.
  • With your block quote still selected, grab the triangle with your mouse and slide it over to the 1" mark.

Did you put your block quote in quotation marks?

Fix it!

  • Block quotes do NOT get put in quotation marks.

Did you indent the first line of your block quote?

Fix it!

  • Block quotes get an even left margin. (Do not indent the first line of a block quote more than the rest of the block quote).

Did you punctuate your parenthetical citation correctly?

  • Block quotes get punctuated differently from in-line quotes.
    • For in-line quotes, the final period goes after the parentheses.
    • For block quotes, the final period comes before the parentheses.

Study the differences in punctuation:

  • "This is an in-line quote" (Johnson).
  • This is a block quote. (Johnson)

Congratulations! You're done with this lesson.