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AMA 11th Referencing Guide

Referencing guide for the 11th Edition of AMA Style

Block quotes

A quote that would go close two or over lines of text (usually about 40 words) is best treated as a block quote. Instead of quoting in-line with the text and using quotation marks, it is moved to a new line and the entire quote is off-set (indented) one tab mark.


In discussing the expression of Othello syndrome in dementia patients, Cipriani et al. noted that:

Morbidly jealous individuals interpret conclusive evidence of infidelity from irrelevant occurrences, refuse to change their beliefs even in the face of conflicting information, and tend to accuse the partner of infidelity with many others.1(p.188)


  1. Cipriani G, Danti S, Nuti A, Lucetti C, Di Fiorino M. Uncommon and/or bizarre features of dementia. Part II. Acta Neurol Belg. 2018;118(2):187-191. doi:10.1007/s13760-018-0913-0.


N.B. For undergraduate papers, page numbers are included with the in-text citation number for direct quotes. Papers published in journals might not have page numbers for in-text citations.

You can read more about AMA's recommendations for formatting block quotes by following the link below.

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