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NoodleTools: Add sources

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The Sources section of your NoodleTools project is where you "Create a new citation" by entering the details about your information sources. From Sources you identify where you found your information, what type of information source you used, and enter the citation elements which is the identifying information about the source.

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Step 1: Go to Sources

Select Sources in the navigation bar. NoodleTools contains many helpful functions but the one you will use the most is creating source citations.

NoodleTools - Sources

Step 2: Create a new citation

From the NoodleTools - Sources page, click on "Create new citation".

NoodleTools - Sources "Create new citation"

 

Step 3: Where is it?

The first step to creating your new citation is to identify where your found the source. NoodleTools shows a pop-up menu and asks you to "click the option above that describes how you accessed this source."  Your options are: "Database", "Website", "Print or in-hand", "Viewed/heard live", "File, app, e-book", or "Other".

Why is this important? Each option retrieves a different form and requires different information. The same article from the same scholarly journal discovered in database, found on the publisher's website, or used from the library's print copy of the journal requires slightly different information to create a citation.

NoodleTools - Sources "Where is it?"

Step 4: What is it?

Once you've selected WHERE you found the source, NoodleTools prompts you to select the source type. From the list of sources under "What is it?" select on the option that best describes your source. The options vary depending on where you found your source. If you're having trouble determining what your source is, ask a librarian.

Typical source types from a library database are journals, magazines, and newspapers.

NoodleTools - Sources "What is it?"

Step 5: Enter Citation Elements

Now enter the information on your source. NoodleTools will take this information and create a formatted citation.

Required information is noted with an * [asterisk] by the field name. Do not stop after entering the required information. Enter as much information about your source as you have.

Not sure what to enter or how to enter the information? NoodleTools explains each field and links you to additional help resources. Simply click in an empty form box and read the explanation about what information is needed.

NoodleTools - Sources form to enter info on source

Review the information entered and look for "warning" signs for potential formatting issues, then select "Save" to complete your citation. You cannot save a citation if you forget to input information into a required field.

Do not worry that your citation is not perfect. You can edit your citation later if your find a mistake.