# How to quote a list from a paper? [closed]

I'm writing a paper and I need to quote the following list:

1. Step1: Compute the center of each triangle and the correspondences between the center and three vertexes of the triangle;
2. Step2: Set up the Kd-tree according the centers of triangles;
3. Step3: Search the Kd-tree and check up the topological connectivity of the corresponding edges, and find the boundary edges;
4. Step4: Distinguish the different boundary loops according to the topological connectivity of vertexes;

Do I quote like the following?

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1. Step1: Compute the center of each triangle and the correspondences between the center and three vertexes of the triangle;
2. Step2: Set up the Kd-tree according the centers of triangles;
3. Step3: Search the Kd-tree and check up the topological connectivity of the corresponding edges, and find the boundary edges;
4. Step4: Distinguish the different boundary loops according to the topological connectivity of vertexes; "(place citation number here)
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## closed as off topic by Kris, Robusto, tchrist, cornbread ninja 麵包忍者, Andrew Leach♦Feb 10 '13 at 17:50

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If you must quote 'inline', paragraph by paragraph, it’s usual to put a left-quote (single or double) at the beginning of each paragraph, but put your right-quote (closing quote) only at the end of the entire quotation, thus:

“1. Step1: Compute the center of each triangle and the correspondences between the center and three vertexes of the triangle;

“2. Step2: Set up the Kd-tree according the centers of triangles;

“3. Step3: Search the Kd-tree and check up the topological connectivity of the corresponding edges, and find the boundary edges;

“4. Step4: Distinguish the different boundary loops according to the topological connectivity of vertexes.”

(Your publisher will determine whether the paragraphs are spaced or first-line-indented, and whether the initial numerals 'hang'.)

For a quote this long, however, it’s much better to indent the entire passage, which permits you to omit the quotation marks altogether:

1. Step1: Compute the center of each triangle and the correspondences between the center and three vertexes of the triangle;

2. Step2: Set up the Kd-tree according the centers of triangles;

3. Step3: Search the Kd-tree and check up the topological connectivity of the corresponding edges, and find the boundary edges;
4. Step4: Distinguish the different boundary loops according to the topological connectivity of vertexes.

In either case, put the citation information wherever your particular discipline or journal requires. And in fact, what I have described here is only the most usual practise; you must be guided by the prescriptions of whatever style guide or house manual your instructor or publisher prefers.

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There are better chances on writersSE. – Kris Feb 10 '13 at 11:40