A hanging indent is the indentation of all lines other than the first within a paragraph. These are typically only used in bibliographies, as they allow for easy differentiation between sources. APA and MLA require the use of hanging indents in reference lists.
APA: For information on hanging indents in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association see section 2.12, "Reference List."
MLA: For information on hanging indents in The MLA Handbook see section 1.6, "Placement of the List of Works Cited."
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