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I badly need to have marginal notes on the left margin. The command \marginpar does not work. Supposedly, \marginnote works, and this needs the marginnote package. OK, I tried, but nothing happens. Here is the LaTeX code:

This is normal text. 

Unfortunately, anything I put on the [left] field is ignored. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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\reversemarginpar is used to switch between the "traditional" right-side margin paragraph and a left-side alternative:

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\usepackage{showframe,marginnote}% http://ctan.org/pkg/{showframe,marginnote}
This is normal text. \marginpar{right} \par
This is normal text. \marginnote{right}

This is normal text. \marginpar{left} \par
This is normal text. \marginnote{left}

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Use \normalmarginpar to switch back. – Raphael Feb 19 '14 at 18:22

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