Quotes should be used sparingly; it is better to show the reader that you understand the material by writing it in your own words. However, there are times when a succinct and clear quotation can enhance the readability of your essay. Quotes should be clearly indicated by double quotation marks if less than 40 words, and by indenting them five to seven spaces (or ½ an inch) if 40 or more words.
Quotes and other key items of information need to be appropriately referenced, indicating the author, date of publication, and page number. Make sure that you include the full details of the author and publication in the Reference section at the end of your research report or essay.
View the video below for how to insert direct quotes including block quotations.