Answered By: Gabe Gossett
Last Updated: Jan 14, 2016     Views: 5071

According to The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition, on page 623 block or "set off" quotes are not enclosed in quotations and are usually used at the discretion of a publisher's designer or by the style of the journal. Generally, quotations that are less than one sentence should be treated as "run in" quotes that use quotation marks within the normal flow of a text. Normally a hundred words or more can be set off as a block quotation.

Other criteria for use of block quotes includes:

  • A quotation of two or more paragraphs
  • Quoted correspondence
  • Lists
  • Materials that require special formatting, such as poetry

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