if I am writing an extended quote into my essay, how should the format look and does the period end with the sentence or after the citation?
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The rules for block quoting are different depending on the citation style you are using. Here is the answer if you are using the MLA style guide, but if you are using a different style, the format may be different:
If a quote is more than 4 lines or more than 40 words long, the entire quotation should start on a new line and be indented one inch from the left margin. Double-space the block quotation, just as you would the rest of the paper.
You do not use quotation marks when block quoting. The fact that the entire quotation is tabbed replaces the quotation mark.
Include the parenthetical reference after the punctuation in a block quotation. Normally, you would include the parenthetical before the punctuation, but not in a block quotation.