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asterisk at end of sentence

When an asterisk and a punctuation mark (e.g. period, question mark, exclamation mark) appear at the end of a sentence, the asterisk follows the punctuation mark, with no space between them. For example:

  • Melby states that this decision was sound.*
  • Melby attempts to justify his decision as being sound!*

As for the explanation at the bottom of the page (e.g. author’s, editor’s or translator’s note), place the asterisk immediately before the explanation.

  • *Here Melby is referring to…

Notes referenced by an asterisk or other symbol should come before any numbered footnotes in the list at the bottom of the page.