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About NoodleTools

NoodleTools is an online citation management tool.  Students, faculty, and staff at Stevenson University are able to create a free account as part of our subscription.

NoodleTools can store information about the sources you're using and generate reference lists and citations in APA, MLA, and Chicago format.  It can also integrate with Google Docs.

When accessing NoodleTools, make sure go there from the library homepage or a new tab or window in your browser.  Do not use the "Library" tab in Blackboard.


NoodleTools is easy to set up and access.

Quick Setup Instructions

  1. Visit the NoodleTools homepage and register for an account.  You can use your SU username and password, but keep in mind that this account will be separate from your regular SU single sign-on.
  2. From your Projects page, create a new project.  Choose your citation style (MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian).  For Citation level, always choose "Advanced."
  3. Once you've created a project, go to the Sources tab and click "Create new citation" to add new sources.  You'll be able to choose the type of source (book, article, website, etc.) and fill out a form with information about the title, author, publication date, URL, and more.
  4. When you have one or more sources entered, you can go back to the Sources tab and Print/Export your bibliography or list of references.

How to create a new project

NoodleTools gives you the option to create projects as a way to organize your sources.  It also offers some other features, discussed in this video:

How to add and export sources

Adding sources through the form and exporting them to create a list of references are fairly straightforward.  However, if you already have a pre-formatted citation and want to add it to NoodleTools without all the copying and pasting, this video should help:

Using notecards and outlines

NoodleTools also includes an option for creating notecards and using them to make an outline.  These videos and help docs will cover some of the common questions about this feature, if you choose to use it.

Working with classmates and professors

NoodleTools allows you to collaborate with classmates to share sources and work on your project, as well as with your professor.  This section will cover how to link up with teammates as well as link your NoodleTools to your Google Docs account.

Having trouble?

A common question is how to switch between citation styles -- for example, if you accidentally set your project as Chicago but you need your sources in APA format.  This video will answer that question.  If you're having other problems, try the troubleshooting docs linked below or contact a librarian.

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