Once you've compiled the components for a template, you need to separate them with the appropriate punctuation. When defining punctuation, work from the back. Suppose your style guide requires:
Miller, Sue: New Age. Boston, 2007.
This should be read as: •Comma and space before the year •Period and space before the place of publication •Colon and space before the title.
Important: Do not enter parentheses or text into the fields Punctuation before or Punctuation after. Parentheses are text elements.
Start with the last component. Enter the punctuation and a space, if necessary, in the Punctuation before field.
Hint: In the Punctuation after field, enter the punctuation mark that should mark the end of the citation. This is usually a period. If you want to make sure that a footnote does not end with a period, delete the Punctuation after in all components in the rule set.