Footnotes can often feel arcane and tricky. Here are some tips for doing them well:
- Footnotes ALWAYS (in history papers) go at the end of sentences, after all punctuation.
- (A helpful note: when you end a sentence with a quotation, the quotation marks always go around the period – or in rare cases, exclamation point – that ends the sentence.)
- You add a footnote by using the insert footnote command. In both Microsoft Word and Google Docs, go to the Insert menu, and click on footnote. This command will automatically figure out what footnote number is required, and automatically add space at the bottom of the page for that footnote.