I don't quite understand your question. RM's source templates (including the Free Form template) generate three sentences - the footnote sentence, the short footnote sentence, and the bibliography sentence.
- If you request footnotes at the bottom of each page, then RM will use the footnote sentences and the short footnote sentences as numbered citation sentences. No bibliography sentences will appear.
- If you request footnotes at the end of the report (also called endnotes), then RM will use the footnote sentences as numbered citation sentences. No short footnote sentences or bibliography sentences will appear.
- If you request a bibliography, then RM will use the bibliography sentences to create an alphabetized and unnumbered bibliography. These are no citations, and no citation superscripts will appear in the body of your report. No footnote sentences or short footnote sentences will appear.
In the case of both RM's "sources" and RM's "citations", you may include two different free form notes, essentially a note field and a comment field. What RM actually calls these fields varies a great deal in different places in the RM user interface, so any particular thing I call them is therefore bound to be confusing. The note and comment fields associated with RM's "sources" cannot be included in narrative reports at all - neither as a part of footnotes, endnotes, or a bibliography. The note and comment fields associated with RM's "citations" can be included in narrative reports at the bottom of the page in narrative reports as a part of citation footnotes and at the end of reports as a part of citation endnotes. They cannot be included as a part of a bibliography. Unfortunately, there are no source template variables for these note and comment fields. Rather, they are a report option that is all or nothing for every footnote or endnote in the whole report. I'm hoping this problem of no source template variables for the note and comment fields will be fixed in RM8, but we don't yet know if it will be fixed in RM8 or not.
So with all that in mind, could you describe in a little more detail what you want to appear in RM's narrative reports as a footnote?