Quote exactly using the wording spelling and punctuation of your source

• If you leave out a portion of the original, use three . . . spaced periods in place of the portion, in addition to any punctuation that precedes or follows.

• If you insert a word, enclose it in [square brackets].

In quoting poetry, you may include two or three lines or less in the body of your paragraph in quotation marks, using a slash (/) to separate the lines; but if you quote three or more lines, you should separate them from your paragraph, introduce them with a colon, center them on the page from left to right, and single space them after double spacing from the colon. Do not use quotation marks in this type of "block" quotation.


In "The Road Not Taken" Frost wrote not just of himself but all men and women in the lines:

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

I took the one less travelled by,

And that has made all the difference. (421)

In quoting prose, include quotations of up to four typed lines in your text, usually with a colon preceding the first quotation marks. Set up quotations of more than four lines in the same format as directly above. In a long, indented quotation, the period goes at the end of the sentence, before the parenthetical documentation.

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