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APA 6th Edition

In APA Style, footnotes are divided into two categories: content or copyright permission footnotes (American Psychological Association, 2010, pp. 37-38).

Content Footnotes

Content footnotes “supplement or amplify substantive information in the text; they should not include complicated, irrelevant, or nonessential information. Because they can be distracting to readers, such footnotes should be included only if they strengthen the discussion” (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 37). Furthermore, “in most cases, an author integrates an article best by presenting important information in the text, not in a footnote” (p. 38).

Copyright Footnotes

Use a copyright footnote to indicate that you have received permission from a publisher to include lengthy quotations in your text (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 173). Credit source materials for tables and figures in table notes or figure captions; see "Navigating Copyright for Reproduced Images: Part 4. Writing the Copyright Statement" for examples. Obtaining copyright permission is only required for documents that will be published outside of RRU (e.g. major research project or thesis). See "Obtaining Copyright Permission" in "Copyright Information for Thesis and Dissertation Publication", and for assistance with obtaining copyright permission, please contact the RRU Copyright Office (copyrightofficer@royalroads.ca). For the correct wording for a copyright permission footnote, please refer to page 38 in the APA Style manual.

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. 

APA 7th Edition

In APA Style, footnotes are divided into two categories: content or copyright permission footnotes (American Psychological Association [APA], 2020, p. 40).

Content Footnotes

Content footnotes “supplement or amplify substantive information in the text; they should not include complicated, irrelevant, or nonessential information. Because they can be distracting to readers, such footnotes should be included only if they strengthen the discussion” (APA, 2020, p. 40). Furthermore, “in most cases, an author integrates an article best by presenting important information in the text, not in a footnote” (APA, 2020, p. 40).

Copyright Footnotes

Use a copyright footnote to indicate that you have received permission from a publisher to “reproduce lengthy quotations and/or test of scale items in the text” (APA, 2020, p. 40). Copyright statements for figures and tables appear in table and figure notes (APA, 2020, p. 40). Obtaining copyright permission is only required for documents that will be published outside of RRU (e.g. major research project, thesis, dissertation). See "Obtaining Copyright Permission" in Copyright Information for Thesis and Dissertation Publication, and for assistance with obtaining copyright permission, please contact the RRU Copyright Office (copyrightofficer@royalroads.ca). For the correct wording for a copyright permission footnote, see pages 389-390 in the APA Style manual.

Reference

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000