Research Guide: Citations

Creating a New Account in NoodleTools

Logging into NoodleTools

When you first reach the NoodleTools Sign In screen from the library's website, you have two options.

  1. You can sign in if you have already chosen a personal username and password
  2. Or if this is your first time using NoodleTools, you can set up a new account by selecting "Register" below.

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NoodleTools Sign In or Register box

Registering for an account

If you are signing up for a new account, here are some important tips to know:
  • Always select the "linked to a library" account type, because you will use Holman Library's subscription.
  • Choose "I am a student" if you are a student. You can choose "I am a teacher" if you are an instructor and you want your students to be able to turn in their lists to you on NoodleTools.
  • You can choose any year you like for the "Expected Date of Graduation" - just give your best guess.
  • Make sure to fill out the "Phone Number" and "Initials" section - if you lose your username or password, this can help you recover your account information.

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NoodleTools New User Registration box

Create a New Project in NoodleTools

Creating a new project

To create a new project in NoodleTools, select "+New Project" to get started once you have signed in:

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New Project button

NoodleTools will give you the option to give your project a title, select the citation style you would like to use (APA, MLA, or Chicago), and the citation level. We recommend always choosing Advanced so that you have the citation options you need:

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Create a New Project box

Creating a Citation List Using NoodleTools

Creating a new citation

When you first open your NoodleTools project you will be a a page that give you options for managing your project, such as creating a research question, thesis statement, and creating a "to do" list. This is also where you can share your project with other classmates or your instructor (if your instructor has enabled a class dropbox in NoodleTools). These are features available for you to use if that helps to keep your research project organized.

This screen also allows you to add sources you are using in your research project. To add a source to your NoodleTools project click on New Source in the upper right of the screen.

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New Source button


NoodleTools will give you options for the format of the source type (print, database, website, etc.) and then options for the specific source you are citing. In this example, a print book is being cited:


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Create New Citation box example

Once you have your citations created, you will see them appear in your Project folder. They will appear in alphabetical order (as shown in the image below), and even after you have created them, you have the option to go back and edit them. You can also delete them, and using the tools under "options" you can also see what the parenthetical, or in-text, citation will look like for that source.

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Sources list example with tool options


Exporting Your Citation List into a Word Document

Exporting your citation list into a Word document

When you have entered your cited works, you can export your citation list into a Microsoft Word or .rtf (generic word processor) format, or print the list directly from NoodleTools. 

To find these options, go back to your project and click on the "Export / Print" icon at the top of the page:

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Export/print icon

In this drop-down menu, you can see the options to convert your citation list or print it out:

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Print/export drop-down menu

Automatic Citation Generator


Access online tutorials using the links below:

Video Tutorial: Create Citations: Generator Method - “NoodleTools

NoodleTools Citation Workshop

NoodleTools Citation Workshop

Scholarship is a Conversation!
This hands-on workshop will help you understand why and how to give credit in your academic work and beyond.

Workshop focus:
  • Understanding why and when to cite other works
  • Integrating and citing sources material
  • Using NoodleTools citation maker
Please create your NoodleTools account before attending the workshop and/or be sure you can log in to your existing account.

See instructions below.


All Citation Workshops Meet in Person in HL213

  • Week 4: in person Wednesday, July 24 at 11am
  • Week 5: in person Thursday, August 1 at 11am

See below for a link to our online asynchronous tutorial in Canvas. 

To Register:
  • Open the REGISTRATION LINK below to select the workshop date you would like.
  • We will send you registration confirmation. 
  • Please be sure to set up your NoodleTools Account or check your login to your existing account prior to the workshop. (Instructions are below.)
  • You may drop in without registering space permitting.
Set up your NoodleTools account
Asynchronous Citations & NoodleTools Workshops:

Can't attend a citation workshop at the scheduled times?  

You can take an online version of the workshop through our online NoodleTools Citation Tutorial in Canvas or the NoodleTools How-To Guide!