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APA Fact of the Week: Omitting and Inserting Material in Quotations

Posted September 4, 2015

If there is any confusion in the material being quoted, such as incorrect spelling, punctuation, or grammar, insert the word sic, italicized and bracketed, immediately after the error (APA6, p. 172).


Original Sentence: She came home, after a long day at work, just in time for her sope opera.

Correct Use: She came home, after a long day at work, just in time for her sope [sic] opera.

When omitting material, use three spaced ellipsis points (. . .) to indicate this occurrence. In the case of omitting words between two sentences, use four points, as the first indicates the ending punctuation of the first sentence (APA6, p. 172–173).


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