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Text that appears at the bottom of a page that adds explanation. It is often used to give credit to the source of information. When accumulated and printed at the end of a document, they are called "endnotes."



a supplementary printed text; an explanation, source reference, or editor’s comment located at the bottom of a page or column and separated from the main text by a straight line. Footnotes are printed in a smaller type size and are preceded by a sign (a number or asterisk) corresponding to the sign following the statement in the main text that is being elucidated. Footnotes are numbered continuously or by chapter or section.

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Although in general footnotes are a common device in translated texts, their use in translations in Malaysia has been largely overlooked.
* The Hepatitis B vaccine (HepB) footnote was revised to reflect that the birth dose of HepB should be administered within 24 hours of birth.
* A revision to the footnote for the hepatitis B vaccine to clarify the timing as well as the new CDC-recommended interval for postvaccination serologic testing of infants born to hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)-positive mothers.
In this ASU, the only reference is to the non-existent "footnotes" to the financial statement.
The hepatitis A vaccine footnote now provides a list of groups at increased risk for hepatitis A.
As he notes in Footnotes, for those that pursue the "[n]umbers game," "[e]xceeding 500 [footnotes] is a dramatic expression of footnote machismo.
"Footnotes in Gaza" is as much about the process of writing history, and the importance of history, as about the history itself, so we see Sacco and his helpers collecting, sifting, cross-checking and tabulating testimony from named eye-witnesses.
Finally, to determine whether (and from where) the author(s) received research support, we looked at the first few footnotes in the article.
4] on Operation Just Cause, I unintentionally failed to credit a source: footnotes 5, 11, and 20 should also include reference to the article "Panama, 1989: Operation Just Cause" by Tom Cooper on the Air Combat Information Group website.
The June 2008 Studies in Intelligence reprints the Alexander article and assures readers that footnotes citing sources and indicators of their reliability "have become more nearly the norm, in practice and by directive." But not soon enough.
In fact, the New York Law School Law Review once published an article containing 4,824 footnotes. (3) The persistence of excessive citation despite widespread critique begs explanation.