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One of the most common questions we get at the library when we’re helping with MLA or APA citations (see
) is how to do a hanging indent which means how to indent the second and any following lines of citations. The obvious method, putting your cursor at the beginning of a line you want to indent and hitting the tab button, doesn’t work. Instead it moves the entire citation over to the right. What you need to do instead is put your cursor at the very end of the line above where you want the hanging indent and tab over from there. Sometimes pressing the tab key once will do it, sometimes you have to press it multiple times. Good luck and if you have any questions about your citation ask a librarian at either library.

HINT: Most citation questions are very hard to answer over the phone. With a citation question that requires anything more than a yes or no answer you are better off coming into the library or as a distant second choice e-mail.

By Sarah S. Uthoff, Reference Librarian

P.S. There is also a way to do this with Word’s autoformatting, see that set of directions demonstrated in our citation videos at the citation link above, but personally I prefer the control this method gives me, the ease and the speed. Other people like the Word formatting version. Choose one or other though, attempts to use both on a single page can confuse Word into doing strange things.