As you organize your Works Cited list, you notice each entry is supposed to be formatted using hanging indents. If you’re not familiar with this term, you may feel puzzled and unsure what to do next.
Hanging Indent Explained
It’s really very simple. A 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. The hanging indent is used in formatting bibliographies, reference lists and works cited pages in order to make each entry easier to read.
Creating a Hanging Indent in Word
The easiest way to create a hanging indent in Word is to type out and format your entry by following these steps:
- Place your cursor at the beginning of your entry and highlight it.
- Right click and chose paragraph, click on the indent and spacing tab.
- Select ‘hanging indent’ in the Special box.
To use your drop-down menu:
- Click on the Home tab.
- Then move to the Paragraph toolbar.
- Click on the small arrow located on the bottom right, next to the word Paragraph.
- Select the indent and spacing tab, select hanging indent in the Special field.
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 tab.
3. Select Align and Indent
4. Select Indentation Options
5. In the Special field, select Hanging
6. Select Apply
Using hanging indents is important when creating your bibliography, reference list or works cited page. Remember to use Times New Roman 12 and double-space your entries. Once you get the hang of it, creating hanging indents is easy to do.