What should I do with a quote found by the check?

Sometimes a quote is marked as a similarity by the Scribbr Plagiarism Checker, because the quote is also found in another source. A quote is not a form of plagiarism, but you do have to ensure you have properly cited the original source.

If you’re certain that you have correctly quoted and cited, you can exclude the similarity from your plagiarism score.

Below we briefly explain the rules for quoting in APA Style.

Quotes under 40 words

When quoting fewer than 40 words, use double quotation marks around the quote, and give the author, the year and a page number.

The definition of soccer is, according to Van Persie (2014), “running back and forth with each other and whoever scores the most, wins” (p. 15).
A famous soccer player always said, “playing soccer with each other on a beautiful Sunday afternoon is the greatest thing there is” (Sneijder, 2013, pp. 2–3).

Quotes over 40 words

If the quote contains 40 words or more, format it as a block quote, which begins on a new line and is indented in its entirety.


Scribbr’s second anniversary was widely reported in the press:

Scribbr is now two years old, and that is being celebrated with the introduction of a new version of the APA Citation Generator. Now that more and more students make use of the APA Citation Generator, it is high time for a new version, according to the founders. The APA Citation Generator is very popular because APA Style has many exceptions. As a result, it is difficult for many students to really get the hang of APA Style. In addition, the APA Citation Generator saves many students a great deal of time. (Schlagers, 2014, p. 3)