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This ResearchGuide is designed to be a tutorial and offer instruction on how to create a NoodleTools account and use the service.

Welcome to the NoodleTools "How-to" Guide!

This Guide will help you create and utilize the research project management web application called NoodleTools.  In short, NoodleTools will help you create and produce a perfectly stylized bibliography for each research paper or project that you must develop for any of your classes that require APA, MLA or Chicago/Turabian style as a standard for documentation (i.e., your citations).

NoodleTools is a web application that helps students with all aspects of research project management: APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian documentation; annotated bibliographies; notecards; resource analysis; etc. This is a self-guided tool that teaches undergraduates how to properly document resources, as well as gives them a framework for organization during the research process.

NOTE: You must create your own “Personal ID” and password to begin using NoodleTools.

NOTE 2: The NoodleTools interface has changed!  ANY bibliographies created in the former interface will remain in that interface and new bibliographies will be created using the new interface.

NoodleTools Features & Advantages

Teaching tool

  • Teaches evaluation and analysis; not simply a "machine" that automates the process.
  • Extensive help for each citation element at the point of need.
  • Guides learner through difficult decisions about the source material.
  • Fast, personal responses to individual citation questions.
  • Generates parenthetical reference for each citation, with additional advanced help.
  • Checks for mistakes in punctuation, abbreviations, and more.

Promotes ethical research

  • Ease of use and expert advice gives students confidence to cite even the trickiest sources.
  • Online notecards capture author's words, images, graphs, and original formatting.
  • Software guides student through paraphrasing and prompts for original thinking.
  • Built-in editor enables annotation of notes, improving comprehension, analysis and reflection.
  • Notecards linked to citations to ensure proper attribution.

Assessment for learning

  • Students share working bibliographies and notecards with teachers for feedback.
  • While viewing a student's citation form, teacher can insert comments and ask questions.
  • Statistical graphs analyze quantity, variety and currency of sources.

Convenient and up-to-date

  • Web-based, saved work can be accessed from any computer, no software to install.
  • Bibliographies and notecards can be exported directly to Word.
  • Prompt software changes to conform to current MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian rules.

(NoodleTools. (n.d.). Software tools: NoodleBib. Retrieved September 4, 2010,

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