Inserting footnotes in Word and Google Docs

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Inserting footnotes in Word and Google Docs

  1. 1. Inserting Footnotes in Microsoft Word 2010 and Google DocsMicrosoft Word 1.There is a “References” tab up at the top of the Microsoft Word “ribbon.” 2.If you select this tab, you will see several options for adding references to your document, including a button labeled “Insert Footnote.” To begin, place your cursor at the point where you want to insert a footnote and click Insert Footnote (See #2 on left). Footnote numbers need to go outside all sentence punctuation except dashes; for example: “…and they rode off into the sunset.”1 …while most animals will not,2 the possum… … this animal is the largest aquatic animal3—several times larger than the largest land animal…Word will automatically insert the next consecutive number in superscript.Word will also insert a line at the bottom of your page, and give you a place to type your reference.1The footnote itself is single-spaced, but the footnote section needs to be double-spaced.2 Word does not automaticallydo this; the line spacing function can be found on the “Home” tab, in the “Paragraph” section. Highlight your footnotes,and select the “Line spacing” drop-down menu. Make sure that the check-mark is next to the 1.0 spacing, then add in anextra return between your footnotes (this is the simplest way).3Google Docs (will transfer into Word for final paper submission)Google docs lets you make footnotes with Insert Footnote4. It plops a “#” symbol where your cursor was and pops upa box off to the left. You want to type in the correct footnote information5. When you are ready, go to File Downloadas  Word, and all of those lefty sidenote boxes are converted into actual footnotes in the resulting Word document.You will want to adjust the formatting as above, since the default conversion is not up to the MLA’s exacting standards.1 Joseph Gibaldi, MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, sixth edition (New York: The Modern Language Association ofAmerica, 2003) 297-313.2Gibaldi 300.3 First Last, Title (City: Publisher, date) pages.4 From the menu bar, which is what the ‘ribbon’ used to look like before Microsoft decided it should be fancy.5 See above, footnotes 1 through 3.

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