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Typing the Research Paper Text
Footnote Text Style
When you insert a footnote, Word formats it using the Footnote Text style, which
does not adhere to the MLA documentation style. For example, notice in Figure 2– 38
that the footnote text is single-spaced, left-aligned, and a smaller font size than the text in
the research paper. According to the MLA documentation style, notes should be formatted
like all other paragraphs in the paper.
You could change the paragraph formatting of the footnote text to i rst-line indent
and double-spacing and then change the font size from 10 to 12 point. If you use this
technique, however, you will need to change the format of the footnote text for each
footnote you enter into the document.
A more efi cient technique is to modify the format of the Footnote Text style so that
every footnote you enter in the document will use the formats dei ned in this style.
To Modify a Style Using a Shortcut Menu
The Footnote Text style specii es left-aligned single-spaced paragraphs with a 10-point font size for text.
To meet MLA documentation style, the footnotes should be double-spaced with a i rst line indent and a 12-point
font size for text. The following steps modify the Footnote Text style.
1
Right-click the
note text in the
footnote to display
a shortcut menu
related to footnotes
(Figure 2– 40).
shortcut menu
Style command
insertion point
at location you
right-clicked
footnote paragraphs
should be formatted
the same as other
paragraphs in
research paper
citation placeholder
inserted
Figure 2– 40
 
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