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I've noticed four things when writing my current essay:

  1. LaTeX will automatically cause your title to be moved to the next page to avoid having the title and paragraph on separate pages

  2. This on occasion leaves a really annoying amount of whitespace on a page, which is doubling annoying when you have a page limit.

  3. biblatex-chicago will occasionally flow a citation from one page to the next automatically, but not very often.

  4. Reading about Germany between 1933 and 1939 is really depressing.

Now 1 and 3 seem to suggest a solution to me: Is it possible to get biblatex to reflow the citations more aggressively to reduce the amount of whitespace at the bottom of pages? Even if I wasn't fighting a page count, it always annoys me when I look at the two page spread and there is a massively different amount of whitespace at the bottom of the page.

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You may want to look at the bigfoot package; it is supposed to do a better job of breaking footnotes across pages (it does a lot more than that, though). –  jon Nov 15 '11 at 4:38
    
But will that work with biblatex-chicago? I'm using the \autocite command and have no idea how that interacts with normal footnotes. –  Canageek Nov 15 '11 at 5:52
    
Shouldn't interfere, unless you use memoir, which has caused problems for me before (error messages, though the output was always OK). Try: \usepackage{bigfoot} and \DeclareNewFootnote{default}. I'm not sure how much help it'll give, but hope it does some --- and now I'm kind of curious! –  jon Nov 15 '11 at 6:11
    
@lockstep --- Done. (Unfortunately, I don't have a ready example to test.) –  jon Dec 4 '11 at 5:39
    
Have you considered changing \DeclareNewFottnote to \DeclareNewFootnote (note the different spelling)? –  lockstep Jan 4 '12 at 17:44
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Bigfoot is a comprehensive footnote package. One of its features is that it is meant to do a better job splitting long footnotes. I'm not sure how much help it will give for this problem, but it worth a shot.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{biblatex-chicago}
\usepackage{lipsum,setspace}
   \doublespacing
\usepackage{bigfoot}
\DeclareNewFootnote{default} 

% to quickly fix the setspace--bigfoot issue (mostly untested):
\makeatletter%
\def\@makefnstartbox{%
\reset@font\footnotesize
\singlespacing % <--- added; requires setspace.sty
\hsize\MFL@columnwidth \@parboxrestore
\interlinepenalty\FN@specific\FN@masterinsert\interfootnotelinepenalty
\widowpenalty\FN@specific\FN@masterinsert\footnotewidowpenalty
\clubpenalty\FN@specific\FN@masterinsert\footnoteclubpenalty
\advance\linepenalty500\relax}
\makeatother%

\begin{document}
\lipsum[1]%
\footnote{\lipsum[2]}%
\end{document}
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As a note, the \DeclareNewFootnote{default} doesn't seem to do anything in my sample document, at least not anything visible, so I think you just have to load the package. Also note that bigfoot and setspace don't play nicely together by default, though I'm sure I (by which I mean TeX.SX) could make them work nicely if I still was working on this assignment. –  Canageek Jan 4 '12 at 17:52
    
@Canageek --- made a change so setspace works (probably). Do you get notified immediately or do I have to make a comment here..? –  jon Jan 5 '12 at 2:12
    
Nice: If I ever have this problem again I'll look this up. Next question: What does \DeclareNewFootnote do? Also: I get a notification in my control panel, but I get a big red thing at the top if you @ me. –  Canageek Jan 5 '12 at 3:10
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