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1. Is there a limit to how many words I can quote
from an author's non-fiction book?
2. Is it a different number if you paraphrase?
Thank you for your time.

There is no "limit" on how many words.  To quote an author and give him credit (references: author name, article or book title, date published,etc.) use common sense.  Usually it's no more than a paragraph. An excerpt.

Paraphrasing is more limited. It's generally a sentence, and rarely a paragraph.

Google "APA citing authors and references" to see examples and follow format.

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