What is NoodleBib and Why Should I Use It?
Think of the full version of NoodleBib as a citation management tool on steroids. It is a complete research-process system created by a company called NoodleTools.
View this short overview (2:28 mins.) to see what NoodleBib can do for you. When the presentation opens click on the notes icon to read the text of the tutorial as you watch it.
NoodleBib will help you:
- Create bibliographies in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles then export them into your paper
- Format your bibliography
- Plan, gather, and organize your research using electronic note cards
- Analyze, synthesize and incorporate your sources into your paper
- Get immediate feedback from your instructor on your citations, sources, and papers
- Work on group projects with your classmates using Google Docs
What is the Difference Between NoodleBib and NoodleBib Express?
You can use NoodleBib Express when you just need to create one or two quick citations. There's no need to log in -- simply create citations using the form in NoodleBib Express then copy and paste what you need into your paper.
Why Cite Your Sources?
When you write a research paper, you use information and facts from a variety of resources to support your own ideas or to help you develop new ones. Books, articles, case law, videos, interviews, and Web sites are some examples of sources you might use. Citing these sources of information in your work is essential because:
- It gives credit to the author of the original work who provided you with the information or idea
- It allows your audience to identify and find the source material in order to learn more about your topic
- It gives your paper more credibility because it shows you're supporting your arguments with high-quality sources
- It helps you avoid plagiarism
What Do You Cite?
Cite all outside sources you use in your research paper! Citing is required for sources you quote word-for-word, for sources you paraphrase (rewrite using your own words), and for sources from which you summarize ideas within your work.
Where to Cite:
You need to cite your sources in two places:
- Within your work at the place where you are incorporating the information.
- In a comprehensive list of all sources you’ve cited throughout the paper.
Citing Within the Text of Your Paper:
Direct Quote Example
The quote below appears exactly as it does in Joanna Santa Barbara's article on child-rearing in the Encyclopedia of Violence Peace and Conflict.
“Adjusted data from seven U.S. surveys between 1968 and 1994 show a decline in approval of disciplinary spanking from 94% to 68%, or 26 percentage points in 26 years” (Santa Barbara 243).
Tip: Use direct quotations selectively. In fact, the MLA Handbook advises you to quote only those words, phrases, lines, and passages that are particularly interesting, vivid, unusual, or apt."
This sentence takes the information above and puts it into the author’s own words.
Studies show that Americans are becoming more critical of the concept of spanking children. Between 1968 and 1994 the so-called “approval rating” of spanking children dropped from 94% to 68% (Santa Barbara 243).
The sentence below distills the main idea of the original information.
Studies have shown that Americans just don't approve of spanking like they used to (Santa Barbara 243).