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Write Footnotes

how to write footnotes there are two

types of footnotes comments and

citations comments allow you to make

notes on your writing such as a short

explanation or an aside about how you

came by certain facts citations provide

your readers with sources they're

especially important for academic

writing because they show that you did

proper research and didn't plagiarize

someone else's work with word processing

software and knowledge of your assigned

citation style MLA Appa or Chicago

Manual you'll soon be creating footnotes

like a pro using word processing

software

place the cursor after the punctuation

specifically the superscript for your

footnote should go right after the

material you're citing not necessarily

at the end of a sentence in most cases

the material ends with a period however

it could also be after a comma colon or

semicolon if the cited material doesn't

extend beyond that punctuation for

example Doe argues that Jack did not in

fact jump over the candlestick position

the cursor after the period position the

cursor after the period Smith describes

the big bad wolf as a metaphor for

children's fears while Jones frames him

as a metaphor for punishment position

the cursor after the comma first after

you've entered that footnote place the

cursor after the period and repeat the

process

positioned the cursor after the comma

first after you've entered that footnote

place the cursor after the period and

repeat the process Dumpty argues that

little boy blue should have been fired

for falling asleep on the job but this

paper argues otherwise place a footnote

only after the comma decide Dumpty don't

place a footnote after the period place

a footnote only after the comma decide

Dumpty don't place a footnote after the

period

find the menu that allows you to insert

or add footnotes you can often find a

footnotes feature under the insert or

reference menu look for the word

footnotes in the drop-down list or under

the tab you selected

create the footnote choose the number

your footnote we'll start with decide

how the footnote will look then type the

footnote this will place a superscript

number in your main text and take you to

the bottom of the page where you will

type the footnote next to the

corresponding number

type the footnote in the correct style

your professor editor may have specified

a style for you to use otherwise choose

the style most often used by writers in

your field MLA Modern Language

Association style humanities disciplines

like literature and languages appa

American Psychological Association style

social sciences like anthropology

psychology and sociology Chicago Manual

turabian humanities especially history

and art history and social sciences AMA

American Medical Association style

science or medicine 3

return to the main text and continue

writing double-click the number before

the citation to return to where you left

off in the main text your word processor

will automatically calculate how much

room you need at the bottom of the page

for footnotes if you add or delete

footnotes the word processor will

automatically remember your remaining

footnotes and make the necessary

adjustments

it will also move footnotes to other

pages if necessary

delete footnotes if applicable simply

delete the superscript number in the

main text of the document this will

automatically delete the footnote and

remember the remaining footnotes don't

try to delete the footnote itself