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This tag should be used for questions about the usage of footnotes in writing, such as when citing something in a paper or using footnotes as a stylistic device in your novel.

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How to write a footnote for a source in Arabic?

Currently, my footnote looks like this: محمد سهيل طقوشi, تاريخ العثمانيين من قيام الدولة إلى الإنقلاب على الخلافةi (Beirut: دار النفائس لبنانi, 2013), p.113. However, there are a two problems: I ...
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Converting a custom footnote to a continuous numbered footnote list

I have some footnotes that I am editing (on a Mac), which have cross-references to the footnote (so copying and pasting the footnote text into a newly inserted footnote is not really an option). How ...
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Is Wikimedia Commons a credible source for images?

I am writing a paper about Operation Mincemeat for National History Day (I know that I should ask my teacher, but it’s due tomorrow, and school has already ended). On Wikimedia Commons, there is a ...
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When you write a sentence using information from one source, and knowledge that you have, do you need to include where that information came from?

I am writing a historical paper about Operation Mincemeat for National History Day. I have never written anything in this format before, so I am confused. Also, citing sources incorrectly can get you ...
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When writing a footnote for a book that you’ve used separate pages from, should you include them together, or should you give them separate footnotes?

I am writing a historical paper about Operation Mincemeat for National History Day. While there is a rule book, it doesn’t clarify a lot of the little details. Also, if you are supposed to include ...
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Is a grammatically truncated style for editor annotations to a volume allowed?

For a new edition of a 1953 book on architectural theory and history, we've made many annotations in the form of editor side notes alongside the main text, rather than as footnotes. The question ...
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How to deal with footnotes in cited sections?

When citing a section from another work, and that cited section has a footnote, how would you go about including the footnote in your citation? Should I turn the footnote of the cited section into a ...
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Correct order in footnote citation for revised edition and volume details

What comes first in a citation that must include revised edition and volume details? Looking for CMOS guidance on this but haven't found an example that corresponds to my specific case. I've written ...
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Handling alternate spellings of a personal name

I'm dealing with a text that mentions several times the architectural historian Siegfried Giedion. A number of Giedion's books feature his first name as "Sigfried" and others as "...
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Can you have footnotes inside footnotes?

Let's take an example. Let's say I have the following foonotes. "Here, the author is making an indirect reference to the expression "(something) fighting" often used in esports." ...
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How do you introduce footnotes in a comic book?

How do you introduce footnotes in a comic book? Let's say one of the characters play with an electrical toy inside a bathtub filled with water. How do you add the phrase "This is dangerous. Do ...
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Best way to handle foreign language words and pronunciation guidelines when editing an autobiography written in English?

I am in the process of editing a handwritten autobiography given to me by a now-deceased Romani 'uncle', a family friend who was a display and set designer in Hollywood, New York and Chicago. Here is ...
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How to cite an ancient manuscript, translated, in a volume of an edited collection (CMOS)?

I've run into a particular complication that I cannot find a detailed explanation for. In general terms, I'm writing a paper in which I reference an ancient manuscript, but I'm using a translation of ...
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Can I use an asterisk or a footnote to add information about a word in Chicago style

I am writing a paper, and I was wondering if I could use an asterisk and dagger symbol to add a note in the footnotes section explaining a word in Chicago style.? Example: Lola* and other ...
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More than one footnote for same line?

I am working on a price list. On the price list I have a column for the name of the model and a second column for a specification. Currently I have an asterisk on each model. I also have a footnote (1)...
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Citing quotes/footnotes

In my memoir, I use several quotations. In the text, I note who said them: e.g. As author and diplomat Washington Irving, having mourned a fiancée and a brother, wrote: 'There is a sacredness in ...
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MS Word correct the style of footnotes

I am having an issue with a bad documents that one of my colleague formatted. The footnotes appear to have a Return too much... I tried clicking everywhere around the area to be able to modify ...
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Using footnotes in fiction: children's book which can be enjoyed by adults

I would like to write a children's story which is appealing to both children and adults. However, the world in which the story takes place requires the use of higher vocabulary and slang (it is a real ...
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Two footnote numbering sequences

Inspired by this question, a more complex question: how can I have two simultaneous sequences of footnotes? For example, suppose I am translating a book. The book contains footnotes, numbered in ...
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How to use special characters in footnote numbering within Word

I'm using Microsoft Word 2016 for formatting my paper. I'm trying to use different footnote numbering sequences for the title page and main body. More specifically, I want to use special characters ...
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Is it ok to use long footnotes?

In my text, I have a footnote (6 or 7 lines) that is meant to be an extra insight. It does seem, however, to be a bit large for a footnote. On the other hand, if I try to place it inside the text, ...
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Is it a bad idea to use footnotes to describe new technologies in a science-fiction novel?

I am wondering if we can use footnotes to describe technologies used in a science-fiction novel instead of describing it by switching from an omniscient POV, that describes everything in a poetic way, ...
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How to use 2 footnotes in the same word?

I have this Paragraph and I was wondering if it's possible to do what is underlined in the figure (RED), or if you know how to do this in another way, let me know. Basically the "DOM.Element" is a ...
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The use of footnotes to translate foreign words in a novel

I'm writing a fantasy novel and one of my characters speaks in English, but sometimes utters single words in an ancient dead language, and I don't want to abusively use that language. For example: ...
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Footnotes for Translation purposes

I am writing a novel that includes occasional words or phrases in another language. If I use a footnote to provide a loose translation of the word and that same word appears once or twice more on the ...
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Why would a translator leave comments all over the translation?

The book Slapping the Table in Amazement: A Ming Dynasty Story Collection is: [...] the unabridged English translation of the famous story collection Pai'an jingqi by Ling Mengchu (1580–1644), ...
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Do memoirs need to cite sources?

memoir writers often recount events or present information (such as statistical data). Does a memoir have to provide proof for the claims and sources for their information? And if not, why not? When ...
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How To Cite a Hyperlink in E-Book

I am editing an e-book memoir, and I am wondering how to properly use a hyperlink reference citation. There is only one such reference in the entire manuscript. After I put the superscript number 1 at ...
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Can a source be cited just to substantiate a claim, without specifically mentioning the author or the content?

For example, if I make the claim: "there are experts in the field that think X is fascinating." and if I insert a footnote source, like this: "there are experts in the field that think this way[1]."...
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How to cite the source when paraphrasing/summarizing in Chicago-Turabian style

I might be asking the same question that is found here. However, it has no marked answer, and the one answer it has only has one upvote. It's crucial that I do this right, so I thought I should still ...
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Using one source, multiple times, and footnotes

I am required to use footnotes in a paper for the first time in my life, and I have run into the problem of how to properly cite it. My question is, if I get multiple facts from the same source, when/...
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Footnotes when using in-text citation style

I have come across some documents (not publicly viewable) that state that footnotes (for the purposes of adding further information) are not permitted in an academic text writen using in-text ...
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Citing a footnote

I have a primary source whose editor often has editorial comments in his footnotes. There are occasions when I would like to quote these remarks, but I cannot understand how to correctly do this from ...
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Adding links as foot notes

In my thesis, I have added some links as footnotes. I have seen it in some published papers also. But my supervisor tells me to not to add footnotes to them, but add citations. The links I have added ...
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Position of Footnote on Page

This question isn't about a case that I have a problem with; it's just a purely hypothetical thing that I've been thinking about. Suppose you are writing a book or maybe an article for a journal. At ...
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Position of Footnote on Page [duplicate]

This question isn't about a case that I have a problem with; it's just a purely hypothetical thing that I've been thinking about. Suppose you are writing a book or maybe an article for a journal. At ...
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How to properly cite a source in your footnotes?

I notice in some of the books I read that the author sometimes leaves explanatory notes that refer the reader to a book but the note is not written in a citation style. Do footnotes and endnotes have ...
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Usage of margin notes vs. footnotes

There is a tendency in textbooks to leave ample margins for marginal notes and figures, as well as to leave readers space to include their own annotations. At the same time, some textbooks combine ...
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How often do I need to footnote a paragraph based on the same source

If I'm writing a paragraph that discusses a topic and the entire paragraph is based on the same source (assume the same page too). Do I need to footnote every sentence or would the first sentence be ...
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How should footnotes be used in non-paginated media?

How should footnotes be attached to a text that doesn't form pages? Say, a lengthy text, over 10,000 words as a single webpage but with formatting limited to static text; I have no options to make ...
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Is it acceptable to use many footnotes to share additional ideas?

I teach a course in remedial academic writing. The students should learn to write at the graduate level. Some of the students are ELLs. They tend to include many extraneous thoughts and ideas in ...
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Scrivener: marking multiple (non-adjacent) phrases in a manuscript with same footnote

How can I mark multiple different non-adjacent words and/or phrases with the same endnote marker and the same endnote text in Scrivener? For example: Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer ...
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Standardizing capitalization within a bibliography or footnotes when your sources have used different standards

I’m compiling a bibliography and want to know if I should standardize the capitalization within the titles of the articles. I understand that copying mistakes/typos, etc., is one thing, and usually ...
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Using Glossary Instead of Footnotes (for translation/transliteration)

I am writing a technical report with keywords which are mainly English. I am using a Glossary at the end, which describes translated keywords. Is it a replacement for footnotes or I should just keep ...
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Correct usage/explanation of ibid in referencing

My girlfriend was advised to use Ibid in her assignment's citations to help reduce the word count (I pointed out that references are usually not part of the count, but regardless); but she couldn't ...
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Is it fine to use link shorteners for research paper citations?

I'm curious about the "properness" of using shortened links (a la bit.ly or tinyurl) in research papers. I haven't been able to find any sort of definitive reference about whether or not ...
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Punctuation-Quote or Quote-Punctuation?

I'm writing a document using the Chicago Manual of Style. I don't have access to the full guide, only to what's provided on-line. Now I wondering as to whether, in the main text itself, I should use ...
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Avoiding foot&note disease

In his answer to Our note in footnote of a book, Malvolio writes: I hate numbered foot-notes personally, they're very distracting Which I agree with, but his recommendation, to use endnotes, I ...
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Our note in footnote of a book

How do I designate the footnotes that are mine inside a quote? I tried "our note", "note ours" and "remark is ours". Which one is the correct one and most commonly used? Or is there some other way? ...
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