On this page you can learn:
You can also watch a video tutorial on:
1. Click Sources in the navigation bar at the top of the screen to begin adding references to a new project.
2. Click Create New Source.
3. When you create a new source, you will be prompted to select where the source is and what type it is. The content of the list will vary depending on what project level you selected. The example below is using the Advanced level.
Once you select what the source is, a new source form will appear in the next screen (below).
Note: If you have selected in your profile to display "Show Me" help screens when available, a help screen will appear first.
The form that you will complete to cite a source is dynamic and shows you only the fields that apply to your specific source. Those fields change based on the style (MLA, APA, or Chicago), level (Starter, Junior or Advanced), source type, content type, and publication medium selected.
4. On the form, fill in as many details about your source as possible. Help text pops up with tips as you move from field to field. Click on the blue information icon to view the tip.
5. A Guide at the top-right of the screen displays a formatting template. Click the blue tab (MLA Guide in the above screenshot) to open the guide. As you enter information in the form, the corresponding element is highlighted in the template.
6. On the form, any field that has a red * is required (see image below). If the field has no data, you will not be able to submit the form. Note that other fields are also necessary to create the reference properly, but there are cases when those non-starred fields might need to be left empty.
7. As you type into a field, NoodleTools automatically checks for common errors with capitalization, abbreviations, and more. When a yellow warning popup appears above the field, read the suggestions on how to correct the potential problem.
8. Click Save the form to add your reference to your source list.
9. If there are multiple references in your source list, a link Jump to citation I just edited at the top of your bibliography takes you to the one you just added (which will also be highlighted in your list).
10. Repeat all steps above for each source you wish to cite.
1. Find the source reference you wish to edit and select Edit on the Options menu.
2. Modify the information about your source. You can either:
3. Check for any new data required if you have updated the publication medium or source/content type.
4. Click Save.
5. If there are multiple references in your source list, a link Jump to citation I just edited at the top of your bibliography takes you to the one you just added (which will also be highlighted in your list).
Add an annotation
After you create a source citation, you have the option to add an annotation. Check with your teacher if you aren't sure whether or not to annotate your sources. Here are some helpful hints here: My teacher has asked me to include annotations. What does that mean?
On the source form, scroll down the page to the annotation window
Annotations will auto-save as you type, which ensures you don't lose any work. To view earlier edits of your annotation, click "Manage versions" in the lower right corner of the box (1). A column of earlier versions will appear to the right of the annotation. Select the most recent edit (2).
To edit an annotation
On the Sources screen, to edit (or add) an annotation to any source, you can click the "Options" button next to the citation on the Sources screen, then choose "Edit" as shown. On the source form, scroll to the annotation window where you can make your edits.
Keep in mind that if you are writing long annotations (not just one or two sentences) in an MLA-style project, you'll want to choose the option under "Print/Export > Formatting Options... > Annotation Spacing" (see below) that changes the annotation formatting so that they start on a new line with more spacing.
Deleting a reference from your source list:
Deleting multiple references at once:
NOTE: Notecards become unlinked from a source when the reference is deleted (they become “thought cards”). If you restore a reference, you will need to relink its notecards (either by editing each notecard and selecting the right item from the Source menu or by selecting multiple notecards on the Notecard Tabletop and clicking Link to source to relink all of them).
Watch this tutorial to learn how to use NoodleTools to cite images in art: photographs or illustrations, "born digital" images like logos or graphics, or works of visual art.
Tutorial created by Susan Timmons, Upper School Librarian, The Harpeth Hall School, Ann Scott Carell Library, Nashville, Tennessee, September 5, 2018, using Screencast-O-Matic.