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NoodleTools Guide: Add sources

Learn how to create an account and then use NoodleTools to create citations, Works Cited page, and annotated bibliographies.

 The Sources section of your NoodleTools project is where you "Create a new citation" by entering the details about your information sources.

  • you identify where you found your information,
  • what type of information source you used, and
  • enter the elements which is the identifying information about the source.

Need help? NoodleTools provides tutorials on all the different features of the program. If the tutorial does not answer your question look at the Related Articles.

Step 1: Go to Sources

Select Sources in the navigation bar.

NoodleTools - Sources

Step 2: Create a new citation

On the NoodleTools Sources page – click "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.

  • The NoodleTools pop-up menu asks you to "click the option above that describes how you accessed this source."
  • Options are: "Database", "Website", "Print or in-hand", "Viewed/heard live", "File, app, e-book", or "Other".

NoodleTools - Sources "Where is it?"

Why is this important? Each option retrieves a different form and requires different information. For example, 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.

Step 4: What is it?

NoodleTools next 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.
  • Typical source types from a library database are journals, magazines, and newspapers. The library database typically identifies the source type for you.
  • Ask a librarian for help identifying the source type if you have a problem.

NoodleTools - Sources "What is it?"

Step 5: Enter Citation Elements

Citation elements are identifying information about your source used to create a citation. Elements are information bits such as author/creator, article title, and publication / creation date. 

Enter the identifying information about your source into the form.

  • 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.
    • Click in the empty box on the form and read about what information is needed.

NoodleTools - Sources form to enter info on source

  • Review the information entered
    • Look for "warning" signs for potential formatting issues
  • 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 you find a mistake.