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MLA Documentation Guide

MLA Documentation Guide

Formatting quotations according to the MLA guidelines


Use the block quotation format for quotations more than four lines long:

  • In most cases, use a colon to introduce the quotation.
  • Indent the quotation one inch from the left margin.
  • Double-space the quotation.
  • Do not use quotation marks.

Place the parenthetical citation (author and page number) after the period (or other mark of punctuation) that closes the block quotation.