Q. How do I make a hanging indent for a bibliography?

Answer

Here's how you can make your bibliography have the correct indent in Microsoft Word.

  • Select all of your citations. 
  • Right click your mouse.
  • Select Paragraph from the resulting pop up menu.
  • Under Indentation, use the Special pull-down menu to select Hanging.
  • Use the By menu to select 0.5"(it should be the default).
  • BEFORE YOU CLICK OK!

Take this opportunity to make sure your citation is double-spaced and that you have removed the extra space before the paragraph. 

  • Under Spacing, make sure the pull-down menu for Line Spacing says Double.
  • Change the boxes next to Before and After to 0 pt (instead of auto).
  • NOW Click OK.

Adapted from COM Library

  • Last Updated Nov 15, 2016
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  • Answered By Ashley Ireland

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