how to format a quote in an essay
If you are quoting poetry, use block quote formatting for any quote longer than three lines.
To create a correctly formatted block quote in Microsoft Word, follow these steps:
In “The Gettysburg Address” Abraham Lincoln reminds his listeners of the principles that had inspired the creation of “a new nation” (1).
In Canada and the United States, commas and periods never go outside a quotation mark. They are always absorbed as part of the quotation, whether they belong to you or to the author you are quoting:
Use ellipses (…) when you wish to leave out a fragment that is irrelevant to your paper. Here’s how you do it:
Maya Angelou transmits a truly empowering message in her poem, “Still I Rise”:
If your quotation consists of four or more lines or prose or poetry, follow the guidelines below:
This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, PhD. Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas. He received his PhD in English Literature and Medieval Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.
The things they carried were largely determined by necessity. Among the necessities or near-necessities were P-38 can openers, pocket knives, heat tabs, wristwatches, dog tags, mosquito repellent, chewing gum, candy cigarettes, salt tablets, packets of Kool-Aid, lighters, matches, sewing kits, Military Payment Certificates, C rations, and two or three canteens of water.” (O’Brien 2)