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Use Your Noodle Tools: Creating Citations

Teach yourself to use Noodle Tools, a citation generator and much more.

Easy as 1-2-3

Select the type of resource you will be citing. Use the guide below to help you decide. Still not sure? Take a guess! NoodleTools will coach you along the way, helping you to get it just right. Besides, in the NEW Noodletools, you can ALWAYS change resource types.


This is where NoodleTools becomes a coach. You can learn more about the resource you are citing, how to evaluate it's usefulness to your project, and how to cite it. NoodleTools even points out alternate source types that may apply. Once you have this part down, you can turn the coach off!


The NoodleTools form helps you create the perfect citation. Start by selecting the media you used to retrieve the resource (print, website, database, digital file, or microform). You can enter information in several ways: Copy and paste pre-formatted citations provided for you through HUHS research databases (you will need to double check these for accuracy). Import information by entering a standardized ISBN number (for books). Import information by searching for a book title or author. This feature uses WorldCat or Amazon to locate a copy of your book. Select carefully, as different editions may have different pages or corrections.

Why Cite

Why Cite?

Creating a list of references is a skill used in a variety of career fields. Anytime you or someone else may need to further access the resources you've used in completing your work, a list of references will make this task much more efficient. We create citations to:

Acknowledge the efforts and ideas of others who have contributed to the formation of our own thoughts.

Establish our own credibility by pointing to the expert opinions that support our arguments.

Make it easier for the audience of our work to find information for further learning.


Types of Resources

Publication of these sources is expected to happen on a "periodic" basis. It includes materials such as magazines, journals, newsletters, annuals, etc. 

Non Periodicals 
The publisher's original intent was to produce these sources one time only. It may be true that a 2nd or further edition was later published, but the decision to do so happened after the original publication. Non-Periodicals include materials such as books, pamphlets, reports.

Electronic/Online (exclusively)
Materials are cited as electronic/online if they have ONLY been published in that format. Sources published previously in another format should be cited according to their original format. Think blogs, podcasts, emails, wikis, etc.

Audio, Video, Images
Information published in multi-media formats require different processes and the elements you include in a citation will vary from print sources. This includes photographs, visual and audio content commonly seen on television and heard on the radio, and information graphics.

Unpublished Sources
You can quote information gathered through unpublished sources. You must still cite these sources in a such a way that the originator of the ideas is credited and your reader can, with reasonable effort, access the source. Consider using interviews, letters, etc.

Legal & Government Sources
Citing legal and government sources is complex. Noodletools provides forms specifically designed to cite the most commonly encountered resources found in the public record.

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