Students tend to overuse quotes either because they lack confidence in their ability to express profound ideas in their own words or because they are lazy writers. In either case, your instructors are interested in learning your thoughts on a topic, not the words of another author.
It is appropriate to include a quote when the author’s unique phrasing suffers substantially or loses meaning when paraphrased.
Example: Keep your writing accessible by avoiding use of “pointy-headed prose” (Barbaro, 2007, p. 7).
If an in-text citation for the quoted author was given earlier in the sentence, only the page number follows the quote.
Example: Smith and Jones (1993) found gum chewing improved students’ retention of classroom material, but also noted professors found “the sight of 30 cud-chewing faces disgusting and demoralizing” (p. 32).
Long quotes of 40 words or more are set as block quotes; each line is indented 5 spaces (0.5” in.) and double-spaced. See Sample APA paper at the end of this document for an example.