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Chicago Citation Guide

This guide is for anyone looking for help using the Chicago Manual of Style citation system.

In-line quotes versus block quotes

Inline versus block quotes (13.9-13.10)

In Chicago style, direct quotes can either be enclosed in quotation marks and left in the text of your paper (known as an inline quote), or they can be presented without quotation marks in a separate, indented paragraph (known as a block quote). The length of the quote should be the factor that determines how you present it. The general rule of thumb is that shorter quotations (100 words or less) are presented as in-line quotes, while anything longer than that gets a block paragraph. Quoted text requiring special formatting, e.g. correspondence, lists, etc., should also be presented in a separate, indented paragraph.


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