Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Oct 20, 2015     Views: 52

Many citation styles, such as APA 6th edition,  MLA 7th edition, and Chicago 14th edition, require users to use hanging indentations when creating a reference list. 

If you are using Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, or 2013, you can create a hanging indentation by following these steps (please note that there may be slight variations depending on your settings and version of Word):

  1. Open your citation list in Microsoft Word
  2. Go to the "Design" tab
  3. Click on "Paragraph Spacing"
  4. Select "Custom Paragraph Spacing"
  5. Under the "Paragraph Position" area (near the middle of the box) open the drop down under "Special" and choose "Hanging"
  6. Click "Ok"

If you are using Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, or 2003, you can create a hanging indentation by following these steps (please note that there may be slight variations depending on your settings and version of Word):

  1. Open your citation list in Microsoft Word
  2. Go to the "Format" tab
  3. Click on "Paragraph"
  4. Open the drop down under "Special" and choose "Hanging"
  5. Open the drop down under "By" and change the value to 0.5"
  6. Click "Ok"

If you are using Word on Works, you can create a hanging indentation by following these steps (please note that there may be slight variations depending on your settings and version of Word on Works):

  1. Open your citation list in Word for Works
  2. Place your cursor at the beginning of the line you want to indent
  3. Right-click your mouse
  4. Choose "Paragraph" on the menu that appears
  5. Open the drop down under "Special" and choose "Hanging"
  6. Open the drop down under "By" and choose 0.5"

If you are using Google Docs, you can create a hanging indentation by following these steps (please note that there may be slight variations depending on your settings):

  1. Open your citation list in Google Docs
  2. Place your cursor at the beginning of the line you want to indent
  3. On the ruler (if the ruler isn't visible, click on “View” and make sure “Show Ruler” is checkeddrag the "Left Indent" symbol (inverted triangle) to the right as far as you want the indent to go
  4. On the ruler drag the "First Line Indent" symbol (rectangle) to the left​

For more assistance creating a hanging indent, check out the video tutorials available in the Atomic Learning database (you will be asked to log in using your mySNHU credentials) or contact the IT Help Desk at 1.855.877.9919

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