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MCCLibVids: FAQ: Citations & Annotations with NoodleTools

NoodleTools for citations & annotations?

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NoodleTools for Citations and Annotations?

Hello. I am Mark Matook, Student Success Librarian of Systems and Electronic Resources for the Middlesex Community College Libraries.  This is MCCLibVids FAQ.  Today, we are answering the question: How do I use NoodleTools for citations and annotations?

NoodleTools is a wonderful online tool to help you with creating citations and annotations for your papers. To begin, click the blue button in the center of the library homepage labeled “Citing”.  Next, click “NoodleTools”.  If prompted to login, simply enter your library login credentials.  If you have questions about logging in, be sure to watch our MCCLibVid titled “How do I login from off-campus?”  This authenticates you as a member of the MCC Community.  As such, you have access to this resource and will have a free account with NoodleTools.  If you have used NoodleTools before, you may login to your NoodleTools account.  If you need to create an account, do so by clicking “Register”.  Again, as a member of the MCC Community, registration is free.  We recommend that you use your library credentials while creating your account so that it is easy to remember. 

Once you are able to sign in, you’ll want to create a “New Project” by clicking the green button on at the top left of the window.  We recommend naming your project with your course and assignment information.  Choose your Citations Style and always select “Advanced” as your Citation Level.  Click “Submit”. 

Following the tabs at the top of the window, you have now been directed from Projects to Dashboard.  In the Dashboard, you can fill in information about your assignment.  Though this is not a necessary step to create your citations, it can be helpful as you do your research. You can enter guiding information such as your research question and main claims, group collaboration, and even assignment to-do items with dates to guide your progress. 

To begin creating citations, click the “Sources” tab at the top of the page.  It is recommended that you have the information for the title that you wish to cite in a window next to the window for NoodleTools.  Click the green button at the top left of the page labeled “New Source”.  For today’s video, I have an article that I will use as our example.  The article came from one of the MCC Libraries’ databases.  If you found something from the open web, you would choose “Website”; “Print or in-hand” for books and other physical media such as a DVD, and so on.  In our information literacy classes, we cover that scholarly articles – such as this one – come from journals, and digital journals are stored in databases.  So, let’s choose database and journal. 

NoodleTools makes building citations simple.  All you will have to do is bring across as much information as you can.  Because my article came from a database, I am able to use the record page to easily transfer all of the information that I need to build my citation.  Take a look at the other MCCLibVids covering searching for books, eBooks, articles, and choosing a database. To find the database, I simply browse through the information in the article’s record until I find what I need. For URL, you should use the permalink when citing an article from a database. Simply click the button on the right labeled permalink, and copy the link that appears.  This link will ensure that your professor can access the article.  If you are citing an article from the open web, you may use the link in the address bar of your browser.  Continue on filling out as much information as you can.  Watch for guidance alerts that can help you with capitalization. 

Once you complete the citation information, you may add your annotation if your professor wishes for you to create an annotated bibliography.  Simply type your annotation text in the "Annotation" text box, following your professor’s direction.  Once you have completed this citation, you can click save. 

You can return to edit this citation by clicking the blue “Options” button on the far right.  You may choose to add more sources by repeating these simple steps.  This service will automatically alphabetize your citations. When you are ready to export your citations and/or annotated bibliography, click the “Print/Export” dropdown menu. “Print/Export to Word” will produce a Word document that you may print or copy into your assignment.

If you have any questions about this and other topics, we encourage you to contact an MCC Librarian by visiting our site and using some of the many means of contact.  

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