- When you use someone else's specific words in your paper, those words must be placed either within quotation marks or in block quote form.
- An example of a shorter quote would be like this:
[Introduced by] Joe Smith writes, [the actual quote] "We must always carefully cite our sources," and he is absolutely correct.
- If the quote you are using runs to five or more lines in your paper it will be set off as a block quote, without quotation marks but with a blank line above and below, single spaced, and indented 1 inch on the left side.
- In either case, a reference must be placed after the quote. In every case if you use someone else's words or thoughts, you must give the information for the source, including the specific page number where the quote, argument, observation, etc. may be found.
- At the end of your paper you must include a list of the sources you used in your paper that gives the full information for all of those sources.
- For those who follow the social science style, using parenthetical references, this list is called a reference list.
- For those who follow humanities style, using footnotes, this list is called a bibliography.