Library Information Guide - Fort Wayne

Using NoodleTools to Cite Sources

NoodleTools will format the citations for your sources in MLA, APA, or Chicago style. It will even format your citations in Word for you, and save any citations you create in your own online account.

Why use NoodleTools?

There are lots of citation resources available, but for many of those, citation building is not their main focus. For example, Microsoft Word has a citation tool, but it isn't always correct because MS Word's job is to be a word processor, not a citation builder.

For NoodleTools, however, their ONLY job is to be a citation builder. This is their area of expertise and it's what they get paid to do. Since their job is to create your citations, you get more reliable citations in the end.

To use NoodleTools: 

This resource can be accessed through the links below or through the Library website by following these steps.

  1. Sign in to MyIvy and choose the Library tab to access the Library website
  2. In the Help section, choose Citing Sources.
  3. Click Noodletools Citation Building Software

Logging into NoodleTools

If you have already registered, enter your personal ID and password to continue.

If this is your first time using NoodleTools, you will need to create a personal ID so that Noodletools can identify and store your work.

  1. Click the blue REGISTER button near the bottom of the page.
  2. Select "An account linked to a school/library subscription or trial"
  3. Answer the About You questions.
  4. Create a personal ID and password.
  5. Answer the Easy Login Retrieval questions (so you can get your password back if you forget it).
  6. Click the REGISTER button to be automatically logged in.

Overview of NoodleTools Features

Here is a quick image overview of a citation page in NoodleTools to illustrate some of the features. These features are discussed in detail below!

Creating a List of Citations

Once you're logged in, you'll see your list of projects.

If you're new to NoodleTools, this list will be empty for now, but if you've used it before, you'll see all of your old projects listed here until you choose to delete them.

Starting a New Project

If you're returning to make changes, click the title of the project in the list. Each project will contain all your citations for one paper, so make sure to have a separate project for each research assignment.

Click the + New Projectbutton at the top left of the page to get started on a new assignment.

  1. Give the project a description/name - to distinguish it from later projects.
  2. Select MLA, APA, or Chicago style.
  3. Choose the Advanced level.
    • Why? Advanced gives you more options for the type of material you are citing. If you choose Starter or Junior (which are geared towards elementary or middle school students) you may not be able to create the correct citations.
  4. Click Submit.

This will take you to the Dashboard for your project.

You can use the Dashboard to help organize your thoughts by entering your Research Question and Thesis at the top, but our main goal right now is to create our bibliography. Click Sources at the very top of the screen.

Creating Each Citation

You will follow these steps for each source you need to cite.

  1. Click the green “+ Create new citation” button.
  2. In the window that pops up, choose the tab that gives the original location (Print, Web Site, Database, etc.) of your source.
    Note: If you used a Library database such as EBSCOhost, JSTOR, etc. then the format is Database.
  3. The window will expand with more options - choose the one that best describes your source.
  4. On the next screen, fill out the boxes to create your citation.
  5. If you have additional sources to cite for the same assignment, repeat steps 1-4 until you have created citations for all your sources.

Filling in the Boxes

NoodleTools is great for formating citations, but it relies on you to input the correct information. Capitilization, spelling, and some punctuation are up to you, but NoodleTools does offer tips to help you fill in the boxes correctly. Watch for popup boxes, alerts, and red lines which may indicate an error in your entries.

Alerts and Indicators

Sometimes you don't have all of the information NoodleTools is asking for - which is fine because you can leave lines blank. However, items with red asterisks (*) are required. When you click in the blank, a new box will appear, giving you tips on capitalization - the one below is telling me that I need to capitalize all of the important words in th name of the database.

Capitalization is really important, and it's different depending on which citation style you are using. In MLA, important words are capitalized, but in APA, only the first words are capitalized. Based on the popup box below, you can see that this project was done in MLA...but I've made an error.

Since I copied and pasted the title from the database I used, the capitalization is not correct. This led to a red squiggly line under the text, and a yellow alert icon next to the text box.

If you put your mouse over the yellow alert, as in the image at the right, NoodleTools will suggest changes to help make sure you've entered the correct information. Here, it's telling me to capitalize the words Involvement, Preventing, Responding, and Cyberbullying.

Once you make all of the necessary changes, the alerts will go away.

Finding the Right Information

NoodleTools can help correct small errors like punctuation, but it cannot give you a correct citation if you put in the wrong information. For example, if you don't use the correct name for the database, or you mix up the journal title and article title, NoodleTools isn't going to know. Here are some of the key things you might need to find.

Every source is different, but once you know what to look for, it becomes easier to find the information you need.


If you have the book in your hands:

To find: Look on or near:
Author(s) The title page.
Year of Publication The bottom of the title page, or the page directly behind the title page, where it says "Copyright ©."
Title of Book The title page.
Edition/Revision Number
(if any)
The book cover or dust jacket and title page. If no edition number or revision information is in either of these places, assume the book is an original edition.
Place of Publication The title page.
Publishing Entity Usually on the bottom of the title page. Otherwise, try the page directly behind the title page.

If you don't have the book with you, search for the title in IvyCat. All of the above information is available in the record.

Database Articles

Most, if not all, information needed for a citation can be found in the Detailed Record.
This is the page shown after you select an article in a search, as seen below:

Notice the DOI, Accession Number, and Database information are all available towards the bottom of the Detailed Record - just in case you need this information for your citation. You might need to scroll down to see it.

IMPORTANT! Pay attention to the Database name! Many of our resources search several different databases. For example, the above article was found using EBSCOhost, but the name of the database is Academic Search Premier.


  • Author
    • You are looking for whomever has written the page you are citing. You can find it usually at the top/bottom of the article or page. If you do not find it there, look in the “contact us” or “about us” page of the website.
    • You may not find an individual author.  If you feel that the website is reputable, this is okay.  In most citation styles, you would just skip this information.
    • There will also be times that you cannot find the author because there isn’t an individual author. In these cases, the organization responsible for providing the website is often the author. This is especially the case with government sites or major organizations like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation or American Psychological Association.
  • Title/Name of Website/Webpage
    • There are two titles you will need to find: the name of the webpage you are citing and the name of the overall website that the webpage falls under.
  • Publisher
    • You are looking for whomever produces or sponsors the website - many times this is just the name of the website.
    • In a big organization, like the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the publisher is the Heart and Stroke Foundation. However, other  organizations might have a sponsor who pays for their website.
    • By the way - if you can’t find a publisher or sponsor (i.e. if it’s an average person’s website rather than an organization’s) make sure to include “n.p.” (as in “no publisher”) in your citation where the publishing information should go. When using NoodleTools, just keep the publisher space blank and it will add the “n.p.” for you.

Adding the List of Citations to Your Paper

Your list of sources has now been formatted and alphabetized, but it still needs to be converted into a word processing document.

  1. Click Print/Export to open your list with Word, Works, WordPerfect, or any other word processing software you use. You can then copy and paste the citations into your paper, or save or print the document separately.
  2. Now that the citations are completed, you can enter in-text citations.  Suggestions for what to include in an in-text citation are provided next to each citation (In-text reference).