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.
- Click the box that says MLA .
- Figure out what kind of resource you are citing (book, internet site, etc.) and click the drop-down menu that says Create a:.
- Choose the kind of resource that best matches what you are working on and click the blue Create Citation box.
- 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.
- After you have filled in all the blanks that apply to your source, click the blue Save button.
- Highlight, copy, and paste the Works Cited entry onto your Works Cited page, but DON'T CLOSE THE NOODLETOOLS PAGE YET!
- Now find the text which says, "Need help writing a parenthetical (in-text) reference for this entry?" and click the blue link. This will show you what to put in the body text of your paper where you quoted or referred to this resource. (There is more good advice below the sample citation. Read it!)