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NoodleBib

Content updated 2/22/2011

NoodleBib is designed to aid in creating bibliographies for research papers in either MLA, APA, or Chicago style.  You can access NoodleBib by going to the library’s web page, clicking “Citing Your Sources”, then click “NoodleBib”. 

 If you are accessing NoodleBib from off-campus, you will be prompted for your ID number and last name.  Your ID number begins with 24611…….   and is found on your student ID card.

The opening screen in NoodleBib lets you log on to your personal account in NoodleBib.  If you have never logged on before, however, you will need to click the "Create a Personal ID" box  and fill in the boxes with the requested information.  Creating your personal account will allow you to save your citations and access them through NoodleBib from any computer over the Internet. 

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For your "Personal ID", it is recommended that you use your IVCC ID number or your network logon .

 Click the “Create a New Project”.

·   Select the style you wish to use (APA, Chicago, or MLA).  You cannot change the style once you begin your list.  If you are using MLA style, choose MLA Advanced as this is designed for college students.

·   Description – give this list a name.  “Art paper” may be OK, but “Monet paper” may be better.  This description should help you remember the contents of this list.

To begin adding sources for your project, click Bibliography under the Components section of the screen.  From the next screen that displays, choose the type of resource you are citing from the drop-down menu.

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From the “Select a citation type” drop-down menu choose: 
   

Selection options in NoodleBib

Select this…..

For…..

Periodicals

Journal
Magazine
Newsletter
Newspaper or Newswire

Nonperiodicals

Anthology/Book Collection
Bible
Book
Conference Proceedings
Government Publication
Pamphlet
Press Release
Reference Source (Dictionary, Encyclopedia, etc.)
Religious Work
Technical/Research Report

Electronic/
Online (Exclusively)

Digital File
E-Mail
Electronic Mailing List
Newsgroup, Usenet
Online Database
Software
Synchronous Communication (MUD, IM, etc.)
Web Forum (Message Board)
Web Site
Weblog, Audio Blog or Video Blog
Wiki

Audiovisual

Advertisement or Commercial
Cartoon or Comic Strip
Film or Video Recording
Lecture, Speech, Address, or Reading
Map or Chart
Music Video
Musical Composition (Opera, Ballet, Instrumental)
Painting, Sculpture, or Photograph
Performance (Play, Opera, Ballet, Concert)
Sound Recording or Podcast
Television or Radio Program

Legal Sources

Legal Case
Legal Act
U.S. Patent

Other

Dissertation or Thesis
Interview
Letter or Memo
Manuscript, Essay, Notes, or Other Unpublished Work

 

Click “Create Citation”.

The selections you make from the drop-down menu will determine your next screen.

Important:  journal and magazine citations are slightly different.  You need to determine if you are citing a scholarly journal (such as Journal of the American Medical Association) or a magazine  (such as Time).  If in doubt, ask!

A series of screens will prompt you for information about your source.  NoodleBib uses your answers to these questions to tailor the final form for you to fill in – with only the fields and instructions that are exactly right for your particular source.

When you have finished filling in the form, click “Check for Errors”.  Scroll down the form slowly, looking for any error messages in red.  NoodleBib will alert you to possible errors, but will not correct the errors for you.  Also, NoodleBib does not determine spelling errors.

After you have corrected any errors, click “Generate Citation”.  Your citation will be added to the list you are working in.  The latest citation added is highlighted in yellow.

Continue adding citations.

Before opening your list into your word processor, NoodleBib allows some basic formatting options.  Click the "Save As a Word Document" or the "Print" button and the options displayed below will be available to you.  You may edit any of these settings by clicking on the underlined words.


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List Title – You can change the heading of your list.  The default setting for MLA is “Works Cited”, and “References” is used for APA, but you have the option to change these if you wish.

Page Header - This is used in APA and is a shortened version of the paper’s title plus the page number.  You can supply the shortened title to use and NoodleBib will supply the page number.

Italics/Underlining - This section allows you to change the formatting so that the title is underlined instead of in italics.

Preview as Web Page (HTML) - You can “Preview” the list in your browser, but if you copy-and-paste from this screen you will lose some of the formatting. 

Print/ Export to Word - To open this list in your word processor and print it, save it as an RTF document. By saving and printing it this way (rather than trying to copy and paste from the screen), you will end up with a perfectly formatted document with the correct margins, spacing, and punctuation.

After you have saved it as a RTF (rich text format) document, you can open it and copy-and-paste it to the end of your research paper.  “Works Cited” and “Reference” lists usually begin on a new page at the end of your paper, so be sure and add a “page break” before the list.

Print/Export to Google Docs

Share  - your project with your instructor.

Email – You can email the list as an attachment to any email address.

Helpful Hints:

 ·   Your lists will remain in NoodleBib for 1 year from the last date you last opened it.

 ·   As a safeguard, NoodleBib will not allow you to submit a form without all the required information.  Required fields make it possible for your reader to find a source – a key reason for creating a bibliography.

 ·   Titles, such as “PhD” or “Dr.” do not appear in your citation.

 ·   Multiple authors – if there are multiple authors listed for a source, list them in the order they are listed in the book or article.

 ·   If you are citing a book and are having difficulty determining Editors, Translators, etc., pull up the record in the library catalog.  All the information you need is included on the catalog record.

NoodleBib Tip Sheet for Library Databases  

Tips for using NoodleBib with library databases

Database

Select citation type

Information about online retrieval of this source

Was this material originally in print?

EBSCOhost

 

Journal, magazine, or newspaper

Yes, information about a print publication is provided

FirstSearch

 

Journal or magazine

Yes, information about a print publication is provided

JSTOR

 

Journal or magazine

Yes, information about a print publication is provided

LexisNexis

 

Journal, magazine, newspaper

Yes, information about a print publication is provided

Liebert Ejournals  Journal Yes, information about a print publication is provided
OVID-American Journal of Nursing
Journal Yes, information about a print publication is provided
ProQuest Journal, magazine or newspaper
 Yes, information about a print publication is provided.

Access World News

 

Newspaper
Wire Serv.
Transcripts
Magazine
Journal

Yes or No

AccessScience

 

Reference source

Yes or No

American Mosaic:  African American Experience     
Online database
No
American Mosaic:  American Indian Experience
Online database
No
American Mosaic:  Latino American Experience
Online database
No

Britannica Online

Reference source

No

CountryWatch Online database
No
Facts on File

Reference source

No

Gale Virtual Reference Library
You could choose Book, Journal, or Reference source, depending on what part of the entry you are citing.
Yes

Grove Dictionary of Art Online

Reference source

No

Harper's Weekly  Magazine Yes
Literature Criticism Online (from Gale)
You could choose Book, Journal, or Reference source, depending on what part of the entry you are citing. Yes

Magill On Literature Plus

Reference source

No

Oxford English Dictionary

Reference source

Yes

Pop Culture Universe
Online database
No
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center (OVRC)

 

 
Viewpoints Book (see below)  
  If the database gives you the original publication information (where the article originally appeared, begin with that "Select citation type" instead of book.  Only use "book" if information about the original publication is NOT provided.  For instance, you may be selecting a Magazine --> Reprinted in a book --> viewed in an Online database.  See webpage dealing specifically with citing articles found under the Viewpoints tab - "Tips for citing Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center using NoodleBib".  
Reference Book (see below)  
  If the database gives you the original publication information (where the article originally appeared, begin with that "Select citation type" instead of book.  Only use "book" if information about the original publication is NOT provided.  
Magazine Magazine Yes
Academic Journal Journal Yes
News Newspaper or Newswire Yes
Primary Sources Book  
Stats Technical/
Research Report
Yes
Multimedia Television or radio program  
   
Websites Website  - cite suggested websites from Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center as you would any website that you use.  You do not need to include that you learned about the website from Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center.