How to Format Academic Footnotes in LibreOffice Writer

Objectives:

  • The "footnote anchor" (i.e., the footnote number appearing in the main text to indicate a citation) shall be superscripted.
  • The "footnote character" (i.e., the corresponding footnote number appearing at the beginning of the footnote) shall be normally positioned (not superscripted) and followed by a period and a space preceding the footnote itself.
  • The footnote shall be single spaced, with the first line indented one-half inch, conforming to the Chicago style.

Method:

  • Format Menu > Styles and Formatting [=F11]:
    • Click the "Paragraph Styles" icon (upper left corner of the Styles box).
    • Right-click "Footnote" (in the Styles box) and select "Modify."
      • Click the "Indents & Spacing" tab, configure as follows and then click "OK."
        • Before text: 0.00"
        • After text: 0.00"
        • First line: 0.50"
        • Space below: 0.08" (or different, depending upon font size)
        • Line spacing: Single
    • Click the "Character Styles" icon (upper left corner of the Styles box, but one icon to the right of the previously used "Paragraph Styles" icon).
    • Right-click "Footnote anchor" (in the Styles box) and select "Modify."
      • Click the "Position" tab, select "Superscript," and click "OK."
    • Right-click "Footnote character" (in the Styles box) and select "Modify."
      • Click the "Position" tab, select "Normal," and click "OK."
  • Tools Menu > Footnotes/Endnotes:
    • Click the "Footnotes" tab, enter a period followed by the spacebar in the "After" box, and click "OK."
    • To enter a footnote, type the sentence preceding the citation, and then select Insert Menu > Footnote/Endnote, verify the following settings, and click "OK."
      • Numbering: Automatic
      • Type: Footnote
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