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Creating footnotesCitations

Q. I need to use a citation for a research document and include a footnote. Where is this capability in Google Docs?

A. To use citations in Google Docs, from where you’d like to place your reference, click Tools, Research (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+I works too). Find the paper or study you’d like to cite by selecting Scholar in the search bar, and click Cite as footnote. Then on the insert tab, click Footnote.

Table of contents

Q. How do I create a table of contents in Google Docs?

Table of contentsA. It is nearly the same procedure in Google Docs as it is in Word. Apply heading styles to your topics first. Use multiple level heading styles if you wish to manage subtopic areas (Heading 2) and sub-subtopic areas (Heading 3). You will find this on the Format dropdown menu in Paragraph Styles.

Allow some space or a blank page in which to create your table of contents. Now, click on the Insert dropdown menu and choose Table of Contents. Choose links or page numbers. Page numbers, though, will also get you to that section of the document.

Different headerDifferent headers

Q. What if I want different headers on some pages in my document in Google Docs? I don’t see a way to insert a section.

A. You can have a different first page in a document, which allows for the absence of a header on a cover page. But that is the only page header differentiation allowed. For large documents needing different headers, you may create separate documents for each section and give it its own heading. Then you can number your pages by section (A-1, A-2, B-1, B-2) and manually create the table of contents.