What are examples of footnotes in APA style?

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Although APA Style recommends avoiding footnotes and endnotes in order to keep publication costs as low as possible, they are occasionally acceptable: a "content footnote" is when important information needs to be included that cannot reasonably fit within the main text, or in the rare case of a "copyright footnote." Such footnotes should be referenced with a superimposed number that follows the text to be referenced after its punctuation mark. The footnote can either be placed at the bottom of the page where the referenced text is located or on a separate page attached to the end of the document — be sure to be consistent with whichever chosen method. An example of a content footnote: 1. See Crouch (2014), particularly chapters 10 through 14, for a detailed account of the trials.

It is important to clarify when it is appropriate to use a copyright footnote because these cases are rather exceptional. When quoting in excess of 500 words of any given published material or the writer's document is in a similar way heavily dependent on such a published work, a copyright footnote may be in order. However, the writer would then need to obtain a formal letter of permission from the author or authors of the published work that is being heavily referenced and attach it to the end of the document.

Keep in mind that the APA Style requires that all text be double spaced and footnotes are no exception. Titles in footnotes should not be underlined, in bold or in quotation marks.

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