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MLA and APA Citation Styles

Both MLA and APA citation styles require the use of hanging indentations in a Works Cited or Reference List.

What is a hanging indent?  

A hanging indent is one in which the second and subsequent lines of a citation is indented by 0.5 inches. (see the example to the right)

Hanging Indents are used to help make it easier to read a list of citations and differentiate one citation from another.

This guide provides instruction on how to do hanging indents in different versions of Word for Mac and PC, as well as in Google Docs.

Other useful formatting information

  • Alphabetize citations
  • Double space citations with no extra space in between citations

APA Reference List Sample