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:
- Mission College Tutorials: Creating a NoodleTools Account (1:57 minutes) and How to Copy Preformatted Citations from a Database into NoodleTools (3:30 minutes)
- Mission College Handout: Creating Bibliographic Citations with NoodleTools
- 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.
Why Cite My Sources?
Citations are needed:
- 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.
- To provide enough information about the source you used to help a reader easily find it.
- To show that you have read information about your topic and have conducted research.
- 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.
- APA Style Guide created by Mission College Librarians.
- APA Two Page Summary created by Mission College Librarians.
- Free Basics on APA Style tutorial from the official APA Website.
- APA Formatting and Style Guide from Purdue University Online Writing Lab
- APA Style from Diane Hacker.
- MLA Style Guide created by Mission College Librarians.
- MLA Two Page Summary created by Mission College Librarians.
- Frequently Asked Questions from the Modern Language Association Website.
- MLA Formatting and Style Guide from Purdue University Online Writing Lab.
- MLA Style from Diane Hacker.
- Chicago Manual of Style online.
- Chicago Manual of Formatting and Style guide from Purdue University Online Writing Lab.
- Chicago Style from Diane Hacker.
Additional Citation Resources:
- AAA Style Guide from the American Anthropology Association.
- American Chemical Society Style Guide from Williams College Libraries.
- CSE Style from Diane Hacker.
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 2.0: Information Ethics in the Digital Age (Short Film from Cambridge Educational) - If you are off-campus or using the Mission College wireless network, you will be prompted to enter your name and student ID number.
- Avoiding Plagiarism from Purdue University Online Writing Lab.
- CyberEthics (Short Film from Cambridge Educational) - If you are off-campus or using the Mission College wireless network, you will be prompted to enter your name and student ID number.
- How to Avoid Plagiarism: An Online Tutorial from Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers University.
- Plagiarism: What it is and How to Recognize and Avoid It from Indiana University Bloomington Writing Tutorial Services.
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).