How does the font and type size I choose affect the formatting of block quotations in my paper?
Note: This post relates to content in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook. For up-to-date guidance, see the ninth edition of the MLA Handbook.
As the MLA Handbook notes, “If a quotation extends to more than four lines when run into your text, set if off from the text as a block indented half an inch from the left margin” (76). To determine the length of the quotation in a standard manner, follow the MLA’s formatting guidelines regarding font and type size: use “an easily readable typeface . . . and set it to a standard size, such as 12 points.”
MLA Handbook. 8th ed., Modern Language Association of America, 2016.