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How to Use NoodleTools

A guide to using NoodleTools citation generator.

Creating a Project

You need to create a project in order to create and save your citations. 

Once you click on the button, you will need to:NoodleTools creating a project screen

  1. Enter a project title. This will be how you identify the project. For example, if you are writing a research paper for your English 101 class, you may want to title it "ENG101 Research Paper."
  2. Choose your citation style. Most classes at NECC use either MLA or APA. Check with your instructor if you are unsure which one to use.
  3. Leave the level on "Advanced." This will give you the most options as a college student. 

Creating a New Citation

 Once you have created a project, you are ready to begin entering your sources.

  1. Look at the top of the screen and click on Sources.  
  2. Click on Create new citation.
  3. Where is it? This screen allows for you choose the location of the source. Did you find a digital copy in a library database or is it something you have it physically in front of you in print? Click on the option that best describes your source.
  4. What is it?  This describes the format of the resource. Is it a book, journal article, website, etc.? Click on the option that best describes your source.
  5. Now you are ready to begin entering your source information. 

Entering Sources

Once you complete the steps above, you should be looking at a form with a lot of empty fields, which is where you will enter your source information. Any field you see with a red asterisk (*) is a required field. Fill out as much as you know about the source.  Remember, you do not need to fill out all of the fields if you can't find that information on your source.

Use the chart below to see what types of information are most oftenbut not always, included on the three most popular source formats.

Book Journal Article Website
Name of author Name of author Name of author
Title of book Title of article Title of page
City of publication Title of journal or magazine Title of website
Publisher Volume number Publisher or sponsor
Year of publication Issue number Date created
  Date of publication Date accessed
  Page numbers URL
  Name of database  
  Date accessed  


Creating a Works Cited Page

Make sure all of the sources that you need for your paper or project are added before you download your works cited. 

  1. Click on the Sources tab at the top of the screen. You should see all of your citations in a list.
  2. Click on the Print/Export drop-down menu and select the format that works best for you.
  3. Add the downloaded works cited as the last page of your paper or project.

NoodleTools drop down menu showing how to export the files

In-Text Citations

NoodleTools can help you format in-text citations. If you are writing a research paper, you need to include in-text citations whenever you are using information from your sources.

  1. Click on the Sources tab at the top of the screen. You should see a list of all your citations.
  2. Click on the blue Options button next to each citation and select In-text reference.
  3. Read the suggested in text citation and explanation. Add page numbers if necessary. Then, copy and paste the in-text citation into the appropriate place in your paper.

To cite this LibGuide use the following templates:

APA: Northern Essex Community College Library. (Date updated). Title of page. Title of LibGuide. Retrieved from URL

MLA: Northern Essex Community College Library. "Title of Page." Title of LibGuide, Date updated, URL.