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Citations and Bibliographies: Hanging Indents

Create Hanging Indents Using Microsoft Word

According to APA, MLA, and Chicago Styles, your list of references/works cited/bibliography should be formatted as follows:

  • Each entry should begin at the left margin and any line after the first should be indented by a half inch, or about 5 spaces.  
  • Microsoft Word has a feature to do this automatically, or see the instructions for manually creating a hanging indent to the right.

Manually Format Hanging Indents

Watch a screencast on how to manually format a hanging indent.

In a nutshell: place your cursor next to the line you want to indent, then hit ENTER followed by TAB.