hanging indents : Common Errors in English

About hanging indents

Bibliographies are normally written using hanging indents, where thefirst line extends out to the left-hand margin, but the rest of theentry is indented. Recently this sort of thing is also being called an “outdent.”Twain, Mark. Mark Twain at the Buffalo Express: Articles and Sketches by America’s Favorite Humorist, edited by Joseph B. McCullough and Janice McIntire-Strasburg (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2000).These are extremely easy to create on a word processor, but many peoplehave never mastered the technique. Normally the left-hand margin markerat the top of the page consists of two small arrows. Drag the top one tothe right to make a normal indent, the bottom one to create a hangingindent. In most programs, you have to hold down the Shift key whiledragging the bottom marker to leave the top part behind. Don’t get intothe habit of substituting a carriage return and a tab or spaces tocreate hanging indents because when your work is transferred to adifferent computer the result may look quite different—and wrong. To create a paragraph with an overhang indent in HTML code as in the example above, use the following code:
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