D.2: Maintaining Paragraph Structure in Block Quotes
A block quote should replicate the paragraph structure of the original source.
- If the first word of the block quote comes from the beginning of a paragraph from the cited source, the block quote must be indented.
- If the block quote has omitted an entire paragraph from the cited source within the quoted text, this should be indicated by a four-period ellipsis on a separate line.
- When the block quote cites text from multiple paragraphs, each new paragraph should begin on a separate line.
- A second paragraph within a block quote should either be indented identically to the first quoted paragraph (if the second paragraph appears subsequent to the first in the original text) or prefaced by a three-period ellipsis (if, in the original text, additional text exists between the first paragraph and the second).
- Use a three-period ellipsis if the quoted language does not include the first word of the cited source paragraph.
- For examples, see Bluebook Rule 5.1.