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.
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.
This resource can be accessed through the links below or through the Library website by following these steps or by using the link below.
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.
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. Older projects are archived underneath the date drop-down menu in the top-right corner.
Click on the green +New Project button in the top right corner of your projects list to start a new project. Fill out the information to create your project.
Once you choose your settings, click the blue Submit button to create your project. Then you can click on the project title in your project list to open the project.
You can share your project with your instructor, your classmates, or the world! Click on the plus sign that appears when you hover over a project to open the sharing settings.
When you click on the name of one of your projects, you will be taken to the dashboard for that project. Here, you can add/edit citations, create notecards, organize your assignment, and more.
When you click the +New Source button, you will see a window asking you to choose Where you found the source and What type of source it is. Choose the options that best describe the source you are trying to cite.
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.
If you have NoodleTools open while you are searching for sources, you can even copy and paste some of the information from the database or catalog you're using - just make sure you check for errors.
At the top of every source you work on, you'll see the menu bar below.
This menu allows you to change the type of citation you're creating, edit the citation directly, and Save or Cancel your changes. It will also have a link to a guide for the citation style you are using.
Once you get into the source itself, you'll have a form to fill out. Enter the information as accurately as you can, and keep in mind that your specific source may not have all of the information requested. Here's how to fill out some of the most common sections of a citation.
The Contributors are the people who created or added to the source you are using.
When you cite a book, you will have the option to cite a specific chapter from the book. You can expand this section if you need to use it. Otherwise, fill out the contributors (described above) and then fill out the title and publication information.
When you cite an article, you'll need to include information about the database (if you used one), the article, and the journal the article was published in. All of the information you need can be found on the Detailed Record of the article.
If you're working on an annotated bibliography, you can add your annotations to the bottom of your citation form.
You can do paragraphs, and use Bold, Italic, and Underline to format your annotation.
NoodleTools is great for formatting citations, but it relies on you to input the correct information. Capitalization, 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.
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.
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.|
|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.
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.
Your list of sources has now been formatted and alphabetized, but it still needs to be converted into a word processing document.