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NoodleTools (citation tool) and How It Works: Sources and Citations

This guide will help you create your Kirtland NoodleTools ID and understand some of the NoodleTools features.

Begin Citing Sources

1.  Now that you have created a project, you can start recording your sources. To begin, click Sources in the navigation bar at the top.

Create a Citation

2.  On the Sources screen, click Create new citation and select the best match for your source from the choices given. 

Built in Help

3a. If you have selected in your profile to display "Show Me" help screens when available, a help screen will appear.

  • Show Me is an online tutorial to demonstrate how to evaluate the source.
  • Source Check lists other related forms that may fit your source.
  • If you are comfortable citing a particular type of source and wish to hide this additional help, check the “Hide this help screen next time” box at the bottom of the page.

3b. Click Continue to go to the next screen.

Citation Form

4a. Once you select what the source is, a new citation form will appear in the next screen.

4b. 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.

6.  After you finish entering information about your source, click Submit to save your new citation.

Help Guide

5. A Guide at the top-right of the screen displays a formatting template. Click the blue tab (APA Guide in the screenshot below) to open the guide. As you enter information in the form, the corresponding element is highlighted in the template.

Built in Help

6. On the form, any field that has a red * is required. 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 and abbreviations (but not spelling). When a yellow warning triangle appears to the right of a field, mouse-over the triangle to view suggestions for how to correct the potential problem.



8.  Submit the form to add your reference to your source list.

NoodleTools Help

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