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AHS Subject Guides: Reading: 7. Creating Citations in NoodleTools

This guide includes information literacy lessons created to support our Reading program.

7. Creating Citations in NoodleTools ONLINE VERSION FOR 2020-21



Note: Links to activities can be found in your Google Classroom assignments.


Literacy Workshop

Introduction to Citations and References with NoodleTools (updated 3-2019)

Information literacy topics:

- Taking notes

- Organizing source citations

- References

- Using technology tools


Objective: To understand and define the concept of a research “citation”, and to use a web citation generator (NoodleTools) to create citations and bibliographic references.


Step 1a. Watch EdPuzzle video

Video: NoodleTools Introduction--Understanding what a citation is. (1 min.)


2 points for meaningful response


Step 1b.  Watch EdPuzzle video

Video: NoodleTools Introduction--Elements of a citation (1 min)


2 points for meaningful response



Step 1c. Watch EdPuzzle video

Video: NoodleTools Introduction--Using digital citation generators. (5 min.)


5 points for meaningful response



Step 2: Identify all the parts of the citation below. 

SUBMIT YOUR ANSWERS in this Google Form


Robinson, Eugene. "Voter Fraud Is Not the Problem." Washington Post, 25 Sept. 2012, SIRS Issues Researcher, Accessed 22 Mar. 2019.


7 points for accuracy



Step 3.  Watch EdPuzzle video

Video: Creating a Project : How to create a project in NoodleTools (3 min.)


1 points for meaningful response



Step 3½: Create a project in NoodleTools

Follow the example you just watched to sign on to with your Google address (, and create a project. 

Name your project.

Make sure to set it up to use MLA format (Advanced).



Step 4: Watch EdPuzzle video

Video: Citing a database--Creating a citation for an article from SIRS. (9 min.)


“If the database already gives you a ready-made citation, why should you not use it?


1 points for meaningful response



Step 4½: Create a citation in NoodleTools for this practice article from SIRS


View the article titled “Voter Fraud Is Not the Problem.” 

(To see it better, you may want to download it and open it with Adobe Reader.)


SUBMIT YOUR COMPLETED CITATION in this Google Doc in Classroom


7 points for meaningful response


If you need to, follow the step-by-step instructions below. .


4.a. Log into NoodleTools with Google.

4.b. From the Sources tab, click on “Create a New Citation”.

4.c. Answer the question “Where is it?”. 

Once again choose “Database”.

4.d. Answer the question “WHAT is it?”. 

Once again choose “Newspaper”.

4.e. Start filling in as much information as you can, copying from the article, and adjusting the text as needed. Notice the pop-up hints.

- Name of the Database: find it (if the right one appears, you can use that too.)

- URL: just use the short URL, including the “.com.”

- Most recent date of access: use it

- Author: Find it.

- Article title: Find it (No English translation!)

- Section, and first and last page: It may not be available

- Name of newspaper: Find it.

- Publication city: You can leave this out if the newspaper is famous.

- Publication date: Find it.

- Edition: Only if the article includes it. 

4.f. Click “Save”.

4.g. Copy your finished citation, and upload it here.


Helpful pointers:

- The section of the newspaper is A.

- A one page article stops and starts on the same page.



Step 5: Watch EdPuzzle Video

Video: Citing your sources in your paper


5 points for meaningful response


You are now done with the section on Citations. 

Please move on to create citations for your own sources in NoodleTools.

Please email your teacher, or Mrs. Hulse of Mr. Musco with any questions


Resources: Citing your sources within your paper

How do you cite the article in the body of your paper? 

- After the quotation, fact, opinion, or idea that you use in your paper, place your "in-text" citation to credit that source.  Put it at the end of the sentence, before the punctuation mark.  

- The citation is usually the author's last name, followed by a page number (both in parenthesis).

- If you use the author's name in the sentence, then the citation is just the page number (in parenthesis).

- If there is no author, use the first few words of whatever the citation starts with in the "Works Cited" list, with a page number, if there is one.

- If the first few words are of an article, put them in quotes.


- In-text citations used for the 1st time.

- In-text citation used 2nd or more times consecutively.

- In-text citation used 2nd time, but not in a row.

- Works Cited list at the end.

- Look at the Amity Librarians MLA Style Examples.

- Look at the sample page from Purdue University’s writing site.

- You will need to follow the instructions and examples from a reliable source, like the writing experts at Purdue University’s OWL MLA style pages.


How do you organize the Works Cited page?  

- The "Works Cited" page goes at the end of the document. Give it the title, "Works Cited".

- Put citations in alphabetical order of author. If there is no author, put citations in order of the first work of the citation. 


Amity High School, Amity Region 5 School District, Woodbridge, CT 06525, 203-397-4844 Librarians: Robert F. Musco and Victoria Hulse Copyright 2017