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Research Guide: Citations: Citation Tools Online

Automatic Citation Generator

NoodleTools Citation Generator

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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 screen with arrows pointing to the log in boxes asking for your personal ID and password, as well as an arrow pointing to the button option to "register" for an account.

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 "Easy Login Retrieval" section - if you lose your username or password, this can help you recover your account information.

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image of the registration page in NoodleTools with boxes highlighting the correct choices to select as outlined in the instructions written out above the image.

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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NoodleTools New Project button

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

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NoodleTools Project creation screen highlighting the options outlined in the instructions

Creating a Citation List Using NoodleTools

Creating a new citation

When you first open your NoodleTools project, it will start you off on the Project Dashboard. This is a screen that lets you track your research question, major questions, and keep a "to do" list for your research project. 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 all optional features - you can jump straight to your citation list by choosing "Sources" at the top of the screen:

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NoodleTools project dashboard

On the Sources page, you can click on "Create a New Citation" to start a new item in your NoodleTools list:

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NoodleTools Create a New Citation 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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NoodleTools Print Book citation 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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Image of the citations in the Projects page, in alphabetical order, with the option to edit, delete, or get an in-text citation example highlighted

In order to see more about filling out information or copying and pasting a citation into NoodleTools, check out the video below.

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 the Sources page and select "Print / Export" on the left side of the page:

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image showing the "Print / Export drop-down" option

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

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Image of the "Print / Export options" with "export to Word" highlighted