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MLA Footnote Format

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I’m going to show you how to insert footnotes and end notes inside of a Microsoft Word document.

You can see here I have a simple sample document and I’m just going to go ahead and click where I would want to put a footnote or an endnote at in my document right at the end of this paragraph.

Then I’m going to go ahead and go to the references tab here at the top, and you’re going to see a footnotes section here, we have an insert footnote and insert endnote.

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I can just simply since I clicked there I can click on Insert Footnote, and I can see, let me just scroll back up on to the top, it inserted a number one there and it placed the footnote down here in the footer.

So now I can go ahead and type in my footnote. I’ll just type in “This is a sample footnote”.

You can format these just like any piece you would inside of Word.

I can highlight a part of the footnote there and go to the Home tab and you can see I have all of my formatting tools here.

So I could make this italic if I wanted to or bold, I can set that up and format it however I want.

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If I wanted to put an end note in a document I can do it the exact same way.

I can go ahead and click the end of this paragraph here, or wherever I want the end note to appear, and then go to references and say Insert Endnote, and you’re going to see that it brought me to page four in my document, and I can say “This is a sample Endnote” and then go to references and say Insert Endnote, and you’re going to see that it brought me to page four in my document, and I can say “This is a sample Endnote”.

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If I go back to the beginning of my document, I can see there is the endnote that was inserted. Also if you hover over that end note you’re going to see that it brings up a little yellow tool tip there that shows you the text of the end note.

The same thing is true for the footnote, if I hover over that, again that little yellow tool tip is going to appear there and it’s going to tell me what the footnote is.

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So that’s how you insert footnotes and end notes inside of a Microsoft Word document.

You’re also going to see, there is a “Show Note” option here as well, and if I click on that you’re going to see that it gives you the option to view the footnote area on this page or to jump directly to the end note area.

I can select either one of those and I click OK and it jumps me to that point.

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You can also go from footnote to footnote here, if I click the dropdown, you can go to the previous footnote, there’s also next Endnote and Previous Endnote that you can jump back and forth to using that navigation tool.

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Finally and let me go ahead and go again to the beginning of my document, you’re going to notice that there is this little symbol here in the right hand corner of this footnote section.

Not every section inside of the ribbon has this little icon here.

For instance underneath Citations and Bibliography, there is none there, none under table of contents.

But if I go to the Home tab, you’ll see there is one in the font section, there is one in the paragraph section.

Whenever you see one of these little icons, that’s going to bring up a dialog box that allows you to see all of the different options for that particular item.

So I’m going to go ahead and click on that right now and you can see there is my footnote and there is my endnote settings.

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I can click on the footnote there and it will show me the footnote styles here, I can change custom marks, I can change where the footnoting starts at, and so on and so forth.

Choose continuous footnote number or I can restart each section, or restart on each page.

Again if I go to endnote and you will see the same options here.

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Again you get into these options just by clicking on this little icon right here in the lower right hand corner of that section and this dialog box comes up.

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