Suppose I write something like this

Jones categorises things as follows:

  • little things
  • big things
  • medium-size things

... where the entire list is a verbatim quotation from Jones. The list is block-quoted (i.e., it is indented, but there are no quotation marks). How can I make it clear that the entire list comes from Jones's paper? If I put the citation on the last item of the list, it might look like the citation is only for the last item.

The best solution I can think of is to clarify the situation in the surrounding text, something like the example below. Is this reasonable?

Jones categorises things as shown below. (Entire list is from Jones, 2015.)

  • little things
  • big things
  • medium-size things
  • Is the list a verbatim quote or just repeating Jones’ categories with your own words?
    – Wrzlprmft
    Jan 13 '16 at 20:06
  • @Wrzlprmft In this case t's a verbatim quote. But I've also encountered this problem with lists that I have paraphrased, so it would be good to have answers for each scenario.
    – mhwombat
    Jan 13 '16 at 21:32
  • btw, if you decide to keep the sentence, add the article the, as in: The entire list...
    – yo'
    Jan 13 '16 at 22:22

No matter whether you quote the list verbatim or paraphrase it, I'm quite sure you don't need to make it a big deal. Quoting a list of bullets isn't really quoting long pieces of text that would need a note about being a verbatim quote; I would say it's more like quoting a theorem in maths. I would therefore go for one of the following:

Jones [Jon15] categorizes things as follows: LIST

Jones categorizes things as follows [Jon15]: LIST

(Jones, 2015) categorizes things as follows: LIST


Use the one that is consistent with your citation habits.

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