5 Hanging Indents

This Is How a Hanging Indent Should Look

Gilbert, D. G., McClernon, J. F., Rabinovitch, R. E., Sugai, C., Plath, L. C., Asgaard, G.,… Botros, N. (2004). Effects of quitting smoking on EEG activation and attention last for more than 31 days and are more severe with stress, dependence, DRD2 A1 allele, and depressive traits. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 6, 249-267. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14622200410001676305

The first line is not indented but all lines after the first are. Whatever you do, please do not use tabs, or the space bar to achieve a hanging indent “look.” Instead, use Crtl + T on a PC or Command + T on a MAC.

MS Word

Hanging indents give reference lists that professional touch. Click the image for a closer look at the settings.


Home > Paragraph > Click Small Square > Indentation > Special > Hanging

MS Word keystroke: Ctrl + T



Format > Paragraph > Indentation > Special > Hanging

MS keystroke: Command + T

(American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 37)

Google Docs

How to Create a Hanging Indent in Google Docs.





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