How to Use Footnotes

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Footnotes can be used for a variety of purposes, but most commonly they are used to credit someone or to site a source of information or to offer more information or a definition without breaking the flow of the writing. Use footnotes to inform the reader with advice from a writing instructor in this free video on education.

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Hi, I'm Laura from And I'm going to talk about how to use footnotes. A Footnote can be used in a couple different ways. The first most common way is, if you want to credit someone. So for example, if you give a quote or use a quote in a paper. You can Footnote by giving the complete citation. Depending on the format that you're following. APA, MLA, etc. You might have different ways that you format that Footnote. Another example is just more further information. For example, if you, some writers use a Footnote. Talking about, most unassigned. I was reading a book recently where, it was about a private investigator. And so she was often using covers. And in her, in her book she would Footnote the truth about what she had just said. So she was sort of given assigned statement to the reader. Giving more information, so that they have the inside story. They knew basically the truth behind her story. So you can use Footnotes more creatively. Besides just using references. And most word processing programs have Footnoting ability. So you can create the tiny Super Script number. And then insert the Footnote at the bottom of the page, that you're writing. So those are some ideas about how to use Footnotes.


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