1. Using NoodleToolsOrganizing Your ResearchBy Emily Mross
2. Getting StartedYou can access NoodleTools through the DestinyLibrary Site. To start, click the Destiny logo on thedesktop of your computer.
3. Select Stroudsburg Junior High
4. Find NoodleToolsScroll down on the main page until you see all of thelink options. Find and select NoodleTools underSubscription Databases – School Access.
5. Log inSelect the log in button. If you need to create a newaccount, ask your teacher, Mrs. Davis, or Mrs. Byrnsfor help.
6. Projects PageThis page lists all of the projects you have created, aswell as any group projects that may be shared withyou. To work on a current project, select it from thelist. To start a new one, select create.
7. Creating a new projectFirst, you need to select the citation style for your paper. Askyour teacher which they would prefer. Often for Englishprojects you will use MLA, and APA for science projects, butthis is not always true. Keep the advanced setting for citationlevel unless instructed otherwise.
8. Add a descriptionAdd a description of your project so you can easily identify itlater. Click “Create Project” when you are done.
9. Project DashboardEach project has a dashboard where you can manage manyaspects of your work. You can share it with your teacher orclassmates, view your work history, and even create a to-dolist for your project.
10. Navigation toolbarNo matter what you are working on, there will be anavigation bar at the top of the page. You can click on thelinks in the bar to jump to your projects page, yourdashboard, your bibliography, your notecards, or your paper(if you are creating it in GoogleDocs).
11. Research question and thesisStart your project by adding your research question (Whatare you trying to answer) and your thesis statement (Aconcise answer you will expand on in your paper). To addthem, click within the field, type, and save when you aredone.
12. ComponentsUnder components you will find the major aspects of yourproject, including your works cited page, your notecards andoutline, and a link to a GoogleDocs version of your paper.Select any component to open it and work on it. Select “Adda to-do item” to get started.
13. To Do ListThis tool can help you keep track of important datesregarding your project. You can enter tasks, set a due date,and check each task off as it is completed.
14. Using the To Do ListA new box will appear where you can describe the task andselect a due date from the calendar.
15. Using the To Do ListAfter you add the task and the due date and click submit, itwill appear on your dashboard. Click to check the box whenthe task is finished.
16. Creating your works citedIf you select works cited from your components menu on thedashboard, you will see this screen. Here you can select thetype of material you are citing, and begin to build your citation.Click on the drop down menu next to “Cite A:” to get started.
17. Citing a bookA book is one of the most common things you will cite. It is allthe way at the top of the drop down list. Select it, andNoodeTools will create a citation page with everything youneed to enter to cite a book properly.
18. Citing a bookIf you’ve never cited a book before, the first screen can helpyou out. Here are links that will lead you to tutorials aboutciting books properly. If you have a general idea of how to citea book, select continue to keep going.
19. Book citationFollow the fields on the page and enter the information fromyour book. NoodleTools will guide you along with helpful hintsabout filling out your information. When you are finished, clicksubmit at the bottom of the page.
20. Book citationYour finished citation will show up on your bibliography pagefor your paper. You can export and print the citations from thispage. You can also start a new citation from this page.
21. Citing a journalJournals are also commonly cited. Follow the fields to enter theinformation. NoodleTools knows the requirements for the citationtype you are using. If you start to enter something incorrectly, it willlet you know with a red squiggly arrow and a warning sign. Click onthe sign to determine the error and fix it. Click submit when you aredone, just like with the book citation.
22. NotecardsUsing the navigation bar, you can move from yourbibliography to your notecards page. Select “New Notecard”to get started.
23. Creating a notecardYour new, blank notecard will look like this. You can fill outthe fields similarly to how you completed your citations.Check with your teacher to find out which fields are requiredfor your project. Each field may not be required every time.
24. Creating a notecardYou can select the source to associate the notecard with, andthen fill in the rest of the fields. You can even add tags toyour notecard so that you can search for notecards about thesame topic later. Add important direct quotes and paraphrasethe information from your source.
25. Using notecardsOn the notecard page you can manage your notecards andadd them to “Stacks” of similar topics and resources. On theright-hand side of the page, you can see the outline tool. Youcan use your notecards to help you start your outline.
26. Creating an outlineWhen you complete all of your note cards, start your outline.At the I., double click and add your main idea. An A. for yourfirst topic will appear below. Use the tools in the toolbarabove to continue adding topics and subtopics until you aredone outlining your whole paper. This will help you organizeyour thoughts when you go to write it all out.
27. Creating your paper Now you are ready to use NoodleTools tostart creating your paper. If your teacher allows, you may use theGoogleDocs component of NoodleTools towrite your paper, but you must have aGoogleDocs account to use this feature If you are not using GoogleDocs, you canuse the resources you created to guideyour writing in Microsoft Word or anotherword processing program.