- Give Credit to the Author or Creator
- Locate Sources
- Avoid Plagiarism
- Stay Organized
How do I...?
Checklist to Review Your Work
- All your sources are correctly cited and your list includes an appropriate range of relevant online and print sources. You have followed the requirements for the project.
- Notecards about your sources are well-organized, and they identify key points both in the author's quote and your assignment.
- The notecards show you understand the author's meaning and/or you ask thoughtful questions.
- Your outline's topic demonstrates original thinking, is well-organized, and is relevant to your assignment.
Logging in to NoodleTools
Log in: NoodleTools
- Create a Personal ID, using your school username (initials + ID#) and a password of your choice.
Please do fill out graduation year, initials, and phone number information asked for.
- If NoodleTools asks for the school authentication information, you will need to get the Remote Access brochure from the circulation desk. This lists passwords for all of our subscription-based resources.
- To start a new project, find the Create a New Project button on the right side of the screen.
- The default should be MLA Advanced. No need to change that.
- Give your project a name. This will be your "folder" which will hold all your citations for that project.
- Click Works Cited to start your works cited.
One of the keys to citing correctly is knowing what it is you are citing. Are you citing from a database with original content (ABC CLIO, Britannica), with reprinted reference book information, from a magazine, journal, newspaper, website? How can you tell?
The databases provide clues in their citations, no matter what style they are using.
If the information from the database includes:
- a date of publication as a year and includes a publisher, it is most likely a book or reference source that you accessed from a database. Reference Sources include anything with the words Encyclopedia or Dictionary in the title.
- a full date of publication, including day, month, and year, it is most likely a newspaper. Also if the title of the source has the words Post, Times, or the name of a city in it, it is probably a newspaper. It may also have a section and unusual page number (ex. Sports, pg. 08C).
- a season and a year indicates it is probably a journal.
- a month and a year indicates it might be a magazine or journal. Sometimes magazines have complete dates too.
- When in doubt, Google the name of the source!