As you organize your MLA 8 works cited list, you will notice that each entry should be formatted with hanging indents. If you’re not familiar with this term, you may feel puzzled and unsure what to do next. Thankfully, it’s actually quite straightforward.
The Hanging Indent Explained
An MLA citation hanging indent simply means that the second line is indented five spaces from the first line. If your works cited entry is longer than two lines, keep using the hanging indent for additional lines. The hanging indent is used in formatting bibliographies, reference lists and works cited pages to make each entry easier to read. Remember to double-space your citation sources as well.
Creating a Hanging Indent in Word
The easiest way to create a hanging indent in Microsoft Word is to type out your entry first. Then, you can format each individual entry by following these steps:
- Place your cursor at the beginning of your entry and highlight it.
- Right-click and choose “Paragraph.”
- See the “Indents and Spacing” tab.
- Select “Hanging” in the “Special” field under “Indentation.”
To use your drop-down menu:
- Click on the “Home” tab.
- Move to the “Paragraph” toolbar.
- Click on the small arrow located on the bottom right, next to the word “Paragraph.”
- View the “Indents and Spacing” tab.
- Pick “Hanging” in the “Special” field, under “Indentation.”
Creating a Hanging Indent in Google Docs
To create a hanging indent in Google Docs, follow these steps:
1. Place the cursor at the beginning of your text, highlighting the entry or entries.
2. Go to the “Format” drop-down menu.
3. Select “Align and Indent.”
4. Select “Indentation Options.”
5. In the “Special” field, select “Hanging.” The default setting is 0.5.
6. Click “Apply.”
APA Example of a Hanging Indent
Using hanging indents is important when creating your bibliography, reference list or works cited page. Remember to use Times New Roman 12 and to double-space your entries. Once you get the hang of it, creating hanging indents is easy to do.