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Citing Sources: NoodleTools

Provides access to Alverno's APA Moodle course and the course's resources.

Off Campus Access

Off campus? You might run into a screen asking you to log in using your TOPCAT login. Use your Alverno network ID and password to access our e-resources. This is how it knows you're an Alverno patron even if you're not on campus. For more help call, email, or visit the library.

Getting Started: Creating a NoodleTools Account

Save yourself time and skip the frustration. NoodleTools makes creating APA citations easy! Here's how to sign up:

  1. Use the link on the library website or the links in this LibGuide. Don't just Google "NoodleTools". It won't know you're an Alverno student and might not let you sign up! Always use these links to access NoodleTools.
  2. On the left hand side of the screen, look for the "REGISTER" button.
  3. Complete the form to create your free account. Click REGISTER. Write down your login information or make sure it's easy to remember.
  4. Voila! You're in!

IMPORTANT: If you get a notice that you need to revalidate your account, try again and make sure you're using the links on the library homepage or on this LibGuide. Once a year it updates all our accounts and needs to make sure you're still affiliated with the school.

Creating a Citation

After you log in, you'll be brought to your Projects page. Follow these steps to create a citation:

  • Click the "New Project" button in the upper right corner - you can name this for your class (ex: PSY101) your assignment (ex: History Paper) or whatever else you'd like.
    • If you've already created a project just click the project title and follow the steps below to add more citations or edit the ones your already have.
  • Click the "Submit" button.
  • Then you'll be brought to your Dashboard page, which you can pretty much ignore.
  • Look up at the very top of the page for the button that says "Sources" and click that.
  • Click the “New Source” button and follow the prompts from there – choose if your source came from a website, a database, a print book, etc. and then fill in as many of the pieces of information as you can.
    • TIP: If you're citing a journal article you found in our online databases or an ebook, it's easier to cite it as print. Click +New Source > Print or in-hand > Journal (or Book). 

Exporting your Citations

NoodleTools will automatically put your references in alphabetical order, which means even less work for you! To export your citations to a Word Doc or Google Doc, follow these steps:

  • Log into NoodleTools and navigate to your project's "Sources" tab
  • Look for the "Print/Export" dropdown menu
  • Select your option, download and/or save

Word to the Wise

Always double check your citations! Whether you use NoodleTools or the citation tools embedded in many of our databases, they're not always 100% accurate.

Use the APA manual to cross-reference. You can also ask your instructor, the Communication Resource Center, or a librarian for help.

Citing in APA

NoodleTools helps create accurate citations, reference lists, and annotated bibliographies. For best results, we recommend that you use it in conjugation with the APA manual or Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL).

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Need more resources? Visit the library's Citing Sources LibGuide.