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Southeast and Upper Darby Centers Library Services

If you are at Delaware County Community College's Southeast Center or Upper Darby Center, many Library Services resources, including a reference librarian, are available to you at the Learning Commons.

MLA Citation Guides

MLA Citation Guide

  • Alphabetize your list of sources by the author's last name; if no author name exists for the source, start the citation with the title of the document.
  • Double-space between each citation and between each line within a citation.
  • After the first line of a citation (which is set flush left), all subsequent lines must be indented one-half inch (five spaces in 12 point font). (See examples below).
  • Examples are based on the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (8th ed. - 2016) which is located at the Learning Commons Information Desk. Please see this book or the College's reference librarians for additional help and examples. 
  • MLA 8th Ed. General Works Cited Guide
  • MLA In-Text Citations
  • Other MLA Guides



APA Citation Guide

  • Double space all citations
  • Use a hanging indent on the second line (and all subsequent lines) of each citation.
  • Beginning in 2009, APA requires a digital object identifier (doi) whenever possible. To locate a doi or look up an article from a doi go to:
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (2010) is located in the ready reference area of the Learning Resources Center, room 108.

View a PDF of this document. 

APA 6 Citation long guide 

Online information for citation examples of APA style

The current format of running headers in APA style papers is a bit difficult to execute in MS Word 2010 if you don't know where to look.  Chesapeake College librarians have a step-by-step solution.

Citation Content Editor: Carol Videon, Reference Librarian

University of Chicago

Hanging Indents

Instead of individually indenting each line in your Works Cited list, and risking all sorts of format chaos when you edit the text, try this approach in Microsoft Word:

  1. Type in all your citations.
  2. Highlight the area where you wish to apply a hanging indent.
  3. Right-click the highlighted area.
  4. Choose "Paragraph" from the menu that appears.
  5. The default tab is Indents and Spacing.  In the "Special" drop-down menu, choose "Hanging".

Your highlighted text will now have hanging indents and will retain this format when you edit.

This is a .gif demo of another MS Word technique:


If you are using Google Docs, take a look at this .gif :


.gif designs courtesy of Eleanor Goldberg, DCCC Reference and Instruction Librarian