Using Noodletools to make a Works Cited entry
Noodletools is an online tool to help you write bibliographic pages for your research papers. They would like you to pay them money, but if you follow these instructions, you can use the service free.
- Go to www.noodletools.com.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Free Tools.
- Select Noodletools Express.
- At this point, you have a choice among MLA, APA, and Chicago styles. For this course, choose MLA..
- The program will walk you through all the choices to make a good Works Cited Page entry. Please note:
- Items with a red asterisk * are required. The program will complain if you try to make a citation without them.
- You probably will not have an entry for every blank. If you don't have one, don't invent something. In particular, if your source does not have an author specified, don't invent something like "NA" or "Author unknown." Just leave it blank and Noodletools with take care of things for you.
- Both the MLA Works Cited page and the APA References page are very particular about capitalization, and Noodletools will help you in that department. Follow their advice. If you foul something up, the program will underline it with a red squiggle.
- When you are done, click the green Save box. Noodletools with make the Works Cited entry for you.
- The next screen will show you two things: the Works Cited entry and below that "Need help writing a parenthetical (in-text) reference for this entry?"
- If you simply copy and paste from the program into your word processing program, the result is very clunky looking because the word processor will pick up the Courier Typeface and because Noodletools faked the hanging indent by inserting a lot of spacebar characters. You can avoid that problem by specifying "Paste Special - Plain text" or "Paste without formatting" but you will lose the italics, so you must go back and fix that part.
- When you paste this item into your Works Cited page, simply alphabetize by the first thing Noodletools put in its Works Cited entry.
- Don't forget to click parenthetical (in-text) reference to see how to refer to this item in your text.