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Citation and Research Tools: Writing Your Paper

Guide to legal citation and research gathering tools online.

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Microsoft Office Plugins

Making Footnotes

Microsoft Word will insert footnotes for you very easily: just go to the "References" tab on your toolbar and select "Insert Footnote." Make sure you have your cursor at the end of the sentence that you want to cite.

Word will automatically place a footnote number where your cursor was and place a blank spot for you to type your citation "below the line" at the bottom of the page. Inserting further footnotes will automatically add more space to the bottom of your page to enter footnotes.

Keeping Track of your Footnotes

When you are in the midst of writing your paper, you may find yourself wanting to cut or move sections from your paper. Microsoft Word will keep track of your footnote locations; you can copy and paste text and the footnotes will follow. HOWEVER, academic legal writing requires the use of supra. You need to cross-reference your citations as you work with supra so that Word knows what to do as you edit.

Word has an easy way to solve this, using the "cross-reference" function. 

**NOTE** You MUST select the cross-referenced text in your footnote and hit "F9" on your keyboard to update the data. 

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