1. Log in to your Gmail account. Note that you must actually be in your mail, not just signed into the Google home page.
2. Click on the waffle menu
3. You will have to click on "more" or scroll down until you see the NoodleTools icon.
4. If you have not created an account yet, follow the below instructions-if you have already, follow directions in the other boxes for creating your citations or notecards.
Adding Note Cards
1. At the top center of the screen click on "notecards".
2. On the left, click "+ New"
3. Fill in the many spaces in your notecard with information:
Give it a title and link it to a source you created on your "sources" page.
Put in a URL to which it is related, or page numbers if you are quoting a book or long article.
Copy and paste a direct quote, add an image or video directly from YouTube here:
While you have the original work there, type your summary next to it here:
Add some of your own opinions here:
Create your own tags that you can use in later notecards here:
Note that these work like a hashtag on Twitter. If you want to tag something about World War II, tag it as "WorldWarII" or "WWII", not "World War II" as this will make 3 separate tags.
4. Once you save and close your card, you can organize it by adding colors, tags you've created or NoodleTools created cues to remind you what is on each notecard. Just click on the card itself and then "tags".
Creating a Citation
1. Once you are on the Dashboard page, click on "+ New Project" in the top left corner to get started.
2. Give your project a name, choose MLA as your citation style and Advanced as your level and click "submit".
3. At the very top of the page, in the center, choose "Sources"
4. In the top left corner of this new page, click on "+ Create New Citation".
5. Choose what you are citing. If you are unsure, click on the options and see if what you are citing is listed, such as a YouTube video or blog. If you are citing a website, choosing "Webpage" from the next menu is often a safe bet and if you are citing something from my database page, choose "database".
6. Once you have chosen what you are citing, you will simply have to fill in the information. See below for common questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few frequently asked questions, answered.
1. What is the difference between a web page and a website?
The website would be the name of the entire site. No matter what page you are on, you can usually click in the upper left corner on the name of the website and get back to the home page. You can also often find the website name in the first part of the URL.
The web page would be the specific article you are reading. In the example below, the name of the website is NASA and the name of the webpage is "An Icy Heart"
2. What if I can't find information?
Sometimes specific people are not given credit for an article or there is no specific date. This is okay. With the exception of the name of a website, you are allowed to leave things blank, However, if you cannot find most of the information, then perhaps this is not a great website to use.
3. Can I copy and paste my citation?
Absolutely! Databases often give a citation for you, so just copy it and at the top of your NoodleTools page, you will have the option to copy and paste. Click it, paste and hit "save".
4. How do I read a citation, and why would I want to?
Check out this great libguide from the UC Berkeley library on how to read citations. This is a great skill to have because footnote searching (meaning that you are looking at the citations from an article or book you are using) is a great way to find even more resources. If the author of your article used it, it probably has some great information!
Have other questions? Stop by and ask and then I will add the answer to this guide.