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I have a news article that I am citing for a post online. I am quoting part of the article but I am going to quote the first part of the article and then quote the very end. How do I properly show that the middle of the article is cut out?

IE:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Phasellus condimentum commodo purus. Vestibulum eget adipiscing mi. Morbi in consequat urna. Vestibulum imperdiet ullamcorper risus vitae vulputate.

[Cut Content]

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Phasellus condimentum commodo purus. Vestibulum eget adipiscing mi. Morbi in consequat urna. Vestibulum imperdiet ullamcorper risus vitae vulputate.

I will provide a link back to the full article.

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The standard indicator of missing content is [...], for example:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Phasellus condimentum commodo purus. Vestibulum eget adipiscing mi. Morbi in consequat urna. Vestibulum imperdiet ullamcorper risus vitae vulputate.

[...]

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Phasellus condimentum commodo purus. Vestibulum eget adipiscing mi. Morbi in consequat urna. Vestibulum imperdiet ullamcorper risus vitae vulputate.

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Thanks for the information. –  Lynda Jul 17 '13 at 23:18
    
+1 But many style guides, such as the Modern Language Association, call for 4 dots [. . . . ]if the omission crosses sentences. See discussion at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellipsis –  bib Jul 17 '13 at 23:26
    
@bib thanks, I had no idea, I have only ever seen the one I suggested. –  terdon Jul 17 '13 at 23:55
    
@bib - My omission is multiple sentences, thanks for the information. –  Lynda Jul 18 '13 at 3:15
    
@terdon It's one period for the end of the sentence and three more to indicate the ellipsis. When you use a sentence ellipse, you set the first dot against the text instead of adding a space before it. . . . Like that. –  Bradd Szonye Jul 18 '13 at 4:18
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