I. Format and Style
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F. Omissions (See Bluebook R. 5.3)
Omission of a word or words is generally indicated by the insertion of an ellipsis. An ellipsis should never be used to begin a quotation, nor should it be used when individual words are merely altered. (See I.E.). Do not insert an ellipsis for an omitted footnote or citation. Indicate such omission with the parenthetical phrase "(footnote omitted)" or "(citation omitted)" immediately following the citation to the quoted source.
Use of quoted language as a phrase or clause: When using a quote as a phrase or clause, rather than as a full sentence, do not indicate omission of matter before or after the quoted clause. An ellipsis should be used to indicate omission of matter within a quoted phrase or clause.
Use of quoted language as a full sentence: When language beginning the original sentence has been deleted, capitalize the first letter and place it in brackets. If the sentence begins the quotation, do not otherwise indicate any omission.
Use an ellipsis where language from the middle of a quoted sentence is omitted. Omission of language at the end of a quotation should be indicated by an ellipsis between the last word quoted and the final punctuation of the sentence quoted.
Do not indicate deletions after the period or other final punctuation that concludes a final quoted sentence.
If language both at the end and after the end of a quoted sentence is deleted and followed by further quotation, use only one ellipsis to indicate both omissions.
Quotation of material containing paragraph numbering: When quoting text from a source with paragraph numbers, the paragraph numbers from the original source should not be included and the omission does not need to be parenthetically noted.