How to Add Footnotes

  1. Include bibliographic notes in MLA papers. MLA style discourages the use of footnotes generally.
  2. Use footnotes for asides that would ruin the flow of your writing. Tangential or parenthetical comments can interrupt your main text and potentially confuse readers.
  3. Provide working definitions, explanations, or clarifications. Sometimes you need to provide additional information so that your readers will understand exactly what a source means.

Other Question and Answers that can be helpful for you

1. How do you write footnotes in an essay?

To use footnotes in your own book, essay, or article, you must first decide on the most appropriate and logical placement of your footnotes in the text. Add numbers according to your chosen style guide, and be sure to add the numbers directly after the phrase, clause, or sentence to which the corresponding footnote refers.

2. How do you add numbers to footnotes in a paper?

Add numbers according to your chosen style guide, and be sure to add the numbers directly after the phrase, clause, or sentence to which the corresponding footnote refers. Most online writing programs (such as Microsoft Word and Google Docs) come with easy-to-use tools for inserting footnotes.

3. Where do you put footnotes in an APA paper?

Properly formatted APA footnotes can be placed at the bottom of the page. Alternatively, you can put them on their own page after the references. Either way, it’s important to know how to use footnotes properly.