Skip to main content Thigpen Library Research Guides

NoodleTools: Beyond the Basics

learn how to use NoodleTools, create an account, and find help and create

On this page you will find resources and information to help you use the Annotated Bibliography features in NoodleTools. Correctly citing the information within your paper can be tricky but using the available "In-text reference" or "Footnote format" options make the task easier.

Annotated Bibliography

Adding / Editing Annotations to Source

Each source provides you a field (text box) to add annotations about the source. You do not need to duplicate the source since you can switch between viewing and hiding the annotation.

Select "Edit annotation" from the Options menu for your source to go directly to the annotation.

Viewing Annotations

Your annotations only show on the source list or your Works Cited page when you select "Citations and annotations" as a formatting option.

From the Sources page click the Print/Export button and select "Formatting Options..." from the menu list. The choices available on the  "Formatting options" pop-up window are different based on the Citation Style of your project. In the "Include" section you will see the current option selected: either "Citations and annotations" or "Citations only (no annotations)." Click the link to change the option.

Formatting Options for Printing an Annotated Bibliography (MLA)

Once you have selected "Citations and annotation" under "Formatting Options" you may need to change the Annotation Spacing. For short annotations in MLA the type will  be "Annotation follows citations on the same line (no extra space)" and longer annotations require "Annotation starts on a new line." Allowing NoodleTools to format your Works Cited page is a time saver and can reduce formatting errors.

NoodleTools formatting options menu for MLA


Parenthetical (In-text) Reference for MLA and APA

Citations are used with more than just your Works Cited page. You need to cite the information within your paper and NoodleTools can help.

Parenthetical (In-Text) references are used with MLA and APA. For each citation on your Sources list NoodleTools provides the in-text reference for that specific citation and style.

To view the In-Text reference for MLA or APA click the Options button associated with the Source you are citing. Select "In-text reference" from the menu.

NoodleTools- Sources Options menu for a source

The pop-up "In-text Reference" window appears with information specific to the selected source.

NoodleTools - MLA Parenthetical Reference page

Footnote format for Chicago Style

Chicago Style uses footnotes for citations instead of in-text references. For your Chicago style project you will see "Footnote format"  on the Options menu for your source. Click the "Footnote format" button and the pop-up window with the footnote for your source appears.

NoodleTools Sources Footnote format pop-up