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NoodleTools 101

NoodleTools is a helpful resource you can use to take notes, organize your research, and cite the sources you used.

What is a citation

Citations identify sources you used in your research. Whenever you use someone else's words, ideas, arguments, figure's or images that are not your own, you must identify your source.

How to Cite:

To cite an online article from

1. Open your project & select   (top right)

2. In Create new citation - Where is it? (see image below) > select Website.

That's the option that describes how you accessed the online NY Times article you are citing.




3. Under What is it? (see image below) > select Website.


Articles on news websites (, BBC News) are not published periodically and are cited as Web pages. The Newspaper form is for citing digital reproductions of print newspapers.



Build Your Citation by entering this information:  

  • URL  - use the permalink (select Share options > Copy link)
  • Date of publication
  • Most recent date of access
  • Author
  • Title of article
  • Name of the website




Use the option
Select  > Website > Webpage & enter this information:

  • URL - use the permalink (select Share options > Copy link)
    • Select  to autofill the form fields
      • Check the imported information for accuracy
      • Make any necessary corrections
      • Select  to save your citation.



To cite material accessed from a database:

  1. Select the Cite option 

  2. Export the citation to NoodleTools

Open your project & select   (top right)

Website example:

1.  Select the option that describes how you accessed the source you are citing


2. Select what kind of source you are citing

To cite a website: Select Website > Web Page (Junior Citation level)



3. Select (upper right) to go to the citation form & fill it out.

Here is the information you need to cite a website:

  • URL
  • Date of Publication
  • Date of Access > Use autofill feature to fill in today's date
  • Contributor > Author (if available)
  • Webpage or Article title
  • *Name of  website (required)
  • Publisher of the site

4. Select  to save your citation.


MLA Citation Format for a Website:

Author's last name, first name. "Title of Webpage."  Title of Website (in italics). Publisher (only include if it is different from the name of the website), Date published. URL. 

Print Book

In NoodleTools select > Print or in-hand > Book > +New Source & enter this information:

  • Contributors > Select Role (ex. Author)
  • Title of book
  • Publisher
  • Year



MLA Citation Format for a book:

Author's Last Name, Author's First Name. Title (in italics). Publisher, Year published.



Shetterly, Margot Lee. Hidden Figures: Young Readers Edition. William Morrow, 2016.

Streaming Video from a Website (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)


Film from a Streaming Video Service (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc.)

In NoodleTools select > Website > Film or Video Recording > +New Source & enter this information:

  • Name of container website
  • Contributors - (always provide the director if available)
  • Title of film/video
  • Studio / distributor



Morris, Rae. “Skin.” Cold, Atlantic Records, 2014.

Online Album

Beyoncé. “Pray You Catch Me.” Lemonade, Parkwood Entertainment, 2016,


Nirvana. "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Nevermind, Geffen, 1991.