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Give Your Sources a Hanging Indent

Each of your sources is technically a "paragraph." However, instead of indenting these paragraphs the normal way (by indenting the first line by .5 inch), we're going to give them a "hanging indent."

The hanging indent makes it easy to look up any particular source, since the first word of each paragraph (The words that are alphabetized) stand "apart" and to the left of the rest of the citation.

Study the Works Cited page of this MLA paper.

Lesson Steps


Give your sources a hanging indent.

Often, it's easier to do this one at a time.

  • Select your first source. (Select the entire paragraph).
  • On the ruler line, there is a rectangle and an upside-down triangle.
  • With your mouse, grab the triangle and slide it to the right to the .5 inch mark.
  • Now grab the rectangle and slide it back to the left margin.

Repeat these steps for each of your sources.


Remember, you're now formatting your paper in "print style", so there should not be any blank lines between the "paragraphs" (entries) on your Works Cited page.


Check you work.

Does your Works Cited page look like this?


Congratulations! You're done with this lesson.

Instructions for the Quiz

Answer the questions.