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NoodleTools (formerly called NoodleBib)  helps you easily create bibliographic citations for the sources you use in your research papers and also helps you evaluate and analyze each source while creating the citation. It includes APA, MLA, and Chicago/Turabian styles.


In order to use the Mission College subscription to NoodleTools, you must first register. Once you register, you will have access to your own NoodleTools account.

Click on the database name above to access the Mission NoodleTools subscription. If you are off campus, you will be prompted to enter your name and Mission College I.D. 

 For Additional information:

  1. Mission College Tutorials: Creating a NoodleTools Account (1:57 minutes) and How to Copy Preformatted Citations from a Database into NoodleTools (3:30 minutes)
  2. Mission College Handout: Creating Bibliographic Citations with NoodleTools
  3. NoodleTools Tutorials on Citing, Notecards and Outlining, and Google Docs

Note: if you are a registered NoodleTools user and you receive a message to revalidate your personal folder, please use the Mission College link above to login into NoodleTools; your account will automatically be revalidated.

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Why Cite My Sources?

Citations are needed:

  1. To acknowledge the source of information for any ideas, quotations, or pictures that you use. Claiming that another person's ideas are your own or failing to acknowledge sources that you used is called plagiarism.
  2. To provide enough information about the source you used to help a reader easily find it.
  3. To show that you have read information about your topic and have conducted research.
  4. To protect your own original ideas and words. When you cite others' work, it is very easy to see which ideas are yours and which came from other sources.

From: "Citing Sources." Issues & Controversies. Facts On File News Services, n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2012.


Citing Sources Resources

There are many different styles of citations. Be certain to ask your instructor about the specific style you are to use in your assignment. Here are some great places to start once you have identified the citation style you need.


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 Chicago Manual of Style

Additional Citation Resources:


What is Plagiarism?

The Encyclopedia Britannica defines plagiarism as: "The act of taking the writings of another person and passing them off as one's own." 

It is important for you to clearly identify those ideas and words that come from other people versus your own ideas about the topic. 

 Plagiarism Resources


Formatting in MS Word 2010

Here is a link to a YouTube video created by American River College Library. It shows you how to use the formatting options in MS Word to format an MLA style research paper, including how to format a citation (hang the indent and double space).

This video includes closed captions. To see the CC button you need to open the video in full screen mode (Start the video, then click on the "full screen" button on the control bar - the last one on the right. The video will fill your screen and the CC button will now be available on the control bar).


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