Could someone  summarize "how to include long quotations in a paper?" Click on the link and go Under the Quoting Material link - thanks (be brief) ...

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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A summary of this advice on quoting material would emphasize three main points: occasions of quoting directly vs. paraphrasing; methods for condensing quotations to a handleable length; and the actual mechanics of setting the quotation off with quotation marks, etc. The first and most valuable advice on this piece is the function and occasion for quotation; it states that when the exact words of the source are best cited directly rather than reworded in clearer language, use direct quotes (“You should quote material when you believe the way the original author expresses an idea is the most effective means of communicating the point you want to make. If you want to borrow an idea from an author, but do not need his or her exact words, you should try paraphrasing instead of quoting.”) The key is whether your argument needs the mere idea of the author, or whether it needs the exact wording of the author’s thought. In this answer, I felt that the exact wording of the source was stronger than my paraphrasing, so I put it in quotations and in parentheses.

Secondly, the text suggests several ways to condense the long quotation, thusly: The essayist can choose how the original author “expresses an idea” or can “try paraphrasing” instead.

Finally, the actual mechanics (marks within marks, etc.) can be memorized or looked up each time the essayist quotes.

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rachellopez | Student, Grade 12 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Here is my summary for using long quotations in a text:

The article says that there are 5 ways you can include long quotations (3+ lines) in your text. The first would be to make the font size smaller than the rest of your paper by 2 or more points, or from 12 to 10 point font. The second and third section suggest indenting by either changing the margins or to left-justify the text (for Word Processor). Also don't put quotations around the whole text if you already made above adjustments. Lastly, change the spacing before and after the quoted lines.