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Citation Help and Plagiarism Awareness: Noodletools


NoodleTools is a student research service that helps you create citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian citation styles. Use NoodleTools to track sources, take notes, create outlines, and collaborate with classmates. Saving and exporting your work into different file formats with NoodleTools is very convenient, too. CCC students and staff may sign up for a FREE account today!

All of the information you need to get started is right here on this page; check out the tabs above to learn how to use NoodleTools' most popular features:

  • Getting Started with NoodleTools (accounts and projects)
  • MLA citations
  • APA citations
  • Creating Notecards
  • Making an annotated bibliography
  • How to share a project with an instructor or peer
  1. Access NoodleTools from a link provided by the library, e.g., 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 the options on the right is not supported).
  3. On the next page, keep the subscription type as the default "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 " Personal ID" refers to a unique username you are creating for your NoodleTools account).
  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 are able to add any Project details, Sharing & Collaboration permissions, and To-Do items (note that adding information here is not required before creating citations).

  1. Log in to NoodleTools and create a MLA NoodleTools project, or open a MLA project you've previously made.
  2. Click on the sources tab for the project at the top of the page.
  3. Click on "+Create New Citation" on the top left of the 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.
  6. Click Save.
  7. You will be taken back to the sources area of the project and you will find your new citation will be in the list.

Need help with your in-text citations? Select the "Options" button on the far right side of a citation and click "in-text citation" for examples, rules, and guidance.

  1. Log in to NoodleTools and open or create an APA NoodleTools project.
  2. Click on the sources tab for the project at the very top of the page.
  3. Click on "+ New Source" near the top left side of the page to start creating a citation.
  4. Begin by answering the questions about where you found your source.
  5. Next you will be taken to the full citation form; enter as much information as you can about your source.
  6. Click Save.
  7. Your citation will be saved, and you are taken back to the sources area of your project.

Need help with your in-text citations? Select the "Options" button on the far right side of a citation and click "in-text citation" for examples, rules, and guidance.

  1. Open a project and click on the "Notecards" tab at the top of the page to be taken to the NoodleTools notecards workspace, where your cards will be gathered after you have created them.
  2. Click on the "New" notecard button at the top left.
  3. 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 source, include direct quotes, paraphrase the information, and/or enter any original ideas in the 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.
  4. Notecards are saved periodically as you enter information, or you may save/close a notecard at the top right of the notecard.

An annotated bibliography is a of works (information sources like journal articles, web pages, multimedia, and other source types) where each source is accompanied by a citation and a summary and evaluation of that source relative to one's research topic.

Once you have created citations for a research paper in NoodleTools, you can add annotations to each source and export a formatted annotated bibliography in same style as the citations used in the project.

  1. Create or open the existing NoodleTools project with the sources you would like to use for your annotated bibliography.
  2. Go to the "Sources" area of your project.
  3. Select a citation from your sources and select the "Edit" option.
  4. Compose your annotation in the "Annotation" area of the citation builder; it will be the final section of the citation.
  5. Once you have completed editing all of the sources needed with the annotations, select the "Print/Export" option near the top of the "Sources" page.
  6. If needed, the "Print/Export" area allows you to customize your output file, like page numbers and headings, etc. Otherwise, choose the file format for your annotated bibliography to begin the export/download of your file.

  1. Go to the dashboard of a project and find the "Sharing and Collaboration" area on this page.
  2. Adding 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" will allow viewing, but not editing.
    - 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 who you are to your instructor.
    - You may also share a Google Doc of your paper by clicking on the "Share Paper" box.
    - Click on "Done" to finish sharing your project.
  4. Any future project comments will be listed at the bottom of this area of the project dashboard.