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Citation Help and Plagiarism Awareness: Noodletools



Getting Started: Creating an Account and Projects

  1. Access NoodleTools from either the library's How to Cite page or the Research Databases page (if you are off campus, you will need to sign in to use this resource using your Canvas/Email credentials).
  2. Click on "Register" on the left side of the page (note: logging in through Google or Office365 is not supported at this time).
  3. On the next page, subscription type is defaulted to the school/library subscription option; on the right side, fill in the "About You" section, which includes creating a personal ID and password (note that you are not asked to enter your student ID: your "ID" refers to creating a unique NoodleTools username).
  4. Once signed into NoodleTools, you are taken to the Projects area. Click on +New Project at the top left of the screen.
  5. Give your project a title (e.g., “ENGL 1A” or "Comm 1"), select a Citation style (i.e. MLA or APA) and be sure to select Advanced for the Citation Level.
  6. You are then be taken to the project's Dashboard where you can add Project details, Sharing & Collaboration permissions and To-Do items (note that this information is not required before creating citations).

Sharing a Project

  1. Go to the dashboard of a project and find the "Sharing and Collaboration" area on this page.
  2. Student collaborators:
    - click on the "Add Students" button and enter the other student's personal NoodleTools ID.
    -Type carefully to ensure you are adding the correct user.
    - Select "Full Collaborator" for full access and editing to the project; "Peer Reviewer" to restrict editing by this user.
    - Click on "Done" after adding all of your student collaborators.
  3. Sharing with instructors:
    - click on "Share with a Project Inbox" and carefully type in the name of the inbox your instructor has given you (a list of inboxes will appear for you to select the correct one).
    - Enter your full name to clearly indicate to your instructor who is sharing their project.
    - You may share a Google Doc of your paper by clicking on the "Share Paper" box.
    - Click on "Done" to finish sharing your project.
  4. Any project comments will be listed at the bottom of this area of the project dashboard.

MLA Citation

  1. Log in to NoodleTools and select or create a MLA NoodleTools project.
  2. Click on the sources tab for this project at the top of the page.
  3. Click on "+Create New Citation" on the top left of this screen.
  4. Answer the questions here about the type of resource you want to cite.
  5. You are taken to the citation form; manually enter as much information as you can about your source, or select "Quick Cite" at the top of the page to copy and paste a citation from another resource or a citation you've previously built (note that NoodleTools will not check for its accuracy).
  6. Click Save.
  7. After building your citation, you are taken back to the sources area. For help with in-text citations, click on the "Options" button on the right hand side of a citation and click "in-text reference" for examples on citing this source within the text of your paper.

Using Notecards

  1. Open a project and click on the "Notecards" tab at the top of the page.
  2. You are taken to the NoodleTools notecards workspace, where your cards will appear after you have created them.
  3. Click on the "New" notecard button at the top left.
  4. Your new notecard appears on the screen; fill out the key areas of the notecard.
    - Add a unique title, and a source (if a citation already exists for the card in the current project)
    - enter or add a link to a direct quote or source, paraphrase the information, and enter any original ideas in the three appropriate boxes.
    -You control how detailed you want your notecard to be; the more detailed it is, the more likely it will help you to organize your sources and ideas to be ready for writing.
  5. Notecards are saved periodically as you enter information; or save/close a notecard at the top right of the notecard.