# LaTeX: Footnotes

📅 2010-Mar-29 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 📚 Archive

A footnote is a note placed at the bottom of the page that references text in the page above it. Footnotes can be added to a LaTeX document using the TeX `\footnote` macro.

For example, the above footnotes can be obtained by:

``Footnotes\footnote{A note at the page bottom.} are frowned upon in the \LaTeX community\footnote{No idea why!}.``

I personally do not like this style. I find it distracting to put the footnote text in the middle of the referencing text. An alternative is to provide a footnote mark in the referencing text and place the footnote text later. This can be done using the LaTeX `\footnotemark` and `\footnotetext` commands.

For example, to obtain the footnotes as shown above:

``````Footnotes\footnotemark[1] are frowned upon in the \LaTeX community\footnotemark[2].

\footnotetext[1]{A note at the page bottom.}
\footnotetext[2]{No idea why!}``````

If you are using only a single footnote, then the footnote number argument can be skipped:

``````Footnotes\footnotemark are frowned upon in the \LaTeX community.

\footnotetext{A note at the page bottom.}``````

Reference: Section 4.5 Footnotes from the book Digital Typography Using LaTeX.