Blockquotes, Citations and Footnotes

Referencing is a way to give credit to the writers from whom you have borrowed words or ideas. By citing the work of a particular individual you acknowledge and respect the intellectual property rights of that person. Referencing is also a way to provide evidence to support the assertions and claims in your content.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Mark Twain

Broadly speaking the block quote is a direct quotation not placed inside quotation marks and is set off from the rest of the surrounding text by starting on an indented new line.

 

They are really easy to create using the toolbar.

Walk thru:
  • Add the blockquote content to your page and apply all formatting.
    Warning: Once the blockquote tags have been applied, additional formatting will be disabled.
  • Highlight blockquote content
  • Press the ( format_quote ) quote button from the menu toolbar
  • Done!

 

You might be done but are you finished? In many cases the quoted text is really a citation which requires a little more work.

 

If you need to update the text or the style of a blockquote, highlight the content and click the quote button from the menu toolbar.  This will remove the blockquote tags. When the changes are complete simply highlight the updated content and click the quote button to add the tags back.

 

Citation

The standard for a citation is more than four lines of prose or three lines of verse. The content becomes a blockquote with a link back to the source. 

 

Citation Anatomy 

Template

<p><cite><a href="#SOURCE" target="_self">Citation</a></cite></p>

 

 Installation

  1. Place cursor where the citation is to be placed
  2. Type or paste the content to be cited
  3. Apply any formatting
  4. Highlight the template code
  5. Copy contents to clipboard
  6. Click the embed ( save_alt ) button
  7. Paste code into textbox
  8. Click Ok button
  9. Click the citation link to edit
    1. Replace “#SOURCE” with link to source
    2. Replace “Citation” with who is being cited
  10. Highlight the entire updated blockquote content
  11. Press the ( format_quote ) quote button from the menu toolbar

 

Footnote

A footnotes is a different form of citation where the text is identified with a numeric mark and the sources are listed at the bottom of the page. Whenever possible the footnote mark should be placed at the end of the sentence immediately following the period or whatever punctuation completes the sentence. Some authorities advise skipping two spaces after the footnote mark before beginning the next sentence.

 

What about an “endnote”? Footnotes appear at the bottom of the relevant page while endnotes are placed at the end of the document. As blog posts are traditionally a single page composition the use of an endnote would be rare.

 

A footnote style may follow APA, MLA, Chicago or Oxford standards. A consensus of these standards include:

  1. Number
  2. Author
  3. Page Title/Blog Title/Title of Document
  4. Name of Website
  5. URL (Date Retrieved)

 

Template

½×

GitHub Gist

template06.html

 

Design Notes

Contained within the boundaries of the footnote template is a specialized horizontal rule and a double spaced list of sources. Double spacing (class=”dbl-spaced”) is suggested but is not required. If needed, the beginning number of the ordered list can be adjusted by adding the start=”X” (X = Number) to the “ol” element. The footnote marks are traditionally styled with a superscripted number which can be styled from the “underlined” text menu drop down.

 

 Installation

  1. Highlight the template code
  2. Copy contents to clipboard
  3. Place cursor where the Footnote will be placed
  4. Click the embed ( save_alt ) button
  5. Paste template into textbox
  6. Click Ok button
  7. Edit as desired

 

Use Case

Lorem ipsum

The purpose of lorem ipsum is to create a natural looking block of text (sentence, paragraph, page, etc.) that doesn’t distract from the layout. A practice not without controversy, laying out pages with meaningless filler text can be very useful when the focus is meant to be on design, not content.1

 

Footnote

  1. Front Page, Lorem Ipsum, https://loremipsum.io/ (08/18/2018)

 

More information on the use of citations and footnotes can be found at the Purdue University “Owl” project, “Modern Language Association“, and “Plagiarism Org“.

 

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *