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Chicago 17: Inserting & Formatting Footnotes

Learn how to format your papers and cite resources in Chicago 17th format.

Check with Your Professor

For notes, does your professor want you to:

  • use short notes only?
  • use full notes for the first entry & short notes for subsequent notes?

This is important because the videos below mention these differences, though this doesn't change the technical information for HOW you actually insert footnotes with Microsoft Word or Google Docs.

Create Chicago-Style Footnotes in MS Word

"Create Chicago-style footnotes in MS Word" by Amy Whitson. Used with permission. Start at 1:10 to get step-by-step instructions for inserting a footnote and adjusting the footnote spacing.

Create Chicago-Style Footnotes in Google Docs

"Create Chicago-style footnotes in Google Docs" is by Amy Whitson. Used with permission. Start at 0:49 to get step-by-step instructions for inserting a footnote and adjusting the footnote spacing.