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I have a relatively long footnote with some explanatory text that refers to some citations. My current approach is to use \footnotemark where I want to cite something and then \fotnotetext{\cite[xx]{yyy}} after the footnote to insert the citation. However this generates weird newlines withing the citation footnotes. Here is what I have:

This is the main body.\footnote{%
Here we have some text that provides additional background and 
detail,\footnotemark referencing citations when needed.}%
\footnotetext{\cite[xxx]{yyy}}

Since this doesn't really work, is there a cleaner/'correct' way to cite from within a footnote?

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    First question: Why do you "nest" \footnotes? Can't you just put the citation in place of your \footnotemark? – TeXnician May 28 '17 at 8:22
  • The footnote becomes very unreadable at parts because it is clustered full with citations, e.g. "he did this,(cite) this,(cite), and this,(cite) leading to whatever." – henrikl May 28 '17 at 8:24
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    What about doing something like this \footnote{Lorem ipsum\textsuperscript{*} \newline * citation}? You could also look at the bigfootor the manyfoot package. – Georg May 28 '17 at 8:29
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    Welcome to TeX.SX! You can have a look at our starter guide to familiarize yourself further with our format. Please see also: minimal working example with bibliography (MWEB). – CarLaTeX May 28 '17 at 8:29
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    @Georg Your comment sounds suitable for an answer, would you please convert it? – samcarter_is_at_topanswers.xyz Jul 1 '17 at 11:44
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An easy solution would be \footnote{Lorem ipsum\textsuperscript{*} \newline * citation} which gives the following output.

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}
    \footnote{%
Here we have some text that provides additional background and detail,\textsuperscript{*} referencing citations when needed.%
\newline * your citation}
\end{document}

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The packages bigfoot and manyfoot would give you more advanced and automated options.

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