Using NoodleToolsUsing NoodleTools
A complete citation, notecard, andA complete citation, notecard, and
outlining tooloutlining tool
About this TutorialAbout this Tutorial
This tutorial will walk you through the stepsThis tutorial will walk you through the steps
of creating a project with NoodleTools.of creating a project with NoodleTools.
– To move on in the program, click the NEXTTo move on in the program, click the NEXT
button. If you need to go back, use thebutton. If you need to go back, use the
navigation in the bottom left corner to select anavigation in the bottom left corner to select a
– After each section, you will have the option toAfter each section, you will have the option to
move ahead or return to the main menu.move ahead or return to the main menu.
Choose a Topic BelowChoose a Topic Below
Starting a ProjectStarting a Project
Managing SourcesManaging Sources
Creating NotecardsCreating Notecards
From Notecards to OutlineFrom Notecards to Outline
Drafting Your PaperDrafting Your Paper
Step One: Logging InStep One: Logging In
from the library’sfrom the library’s
Source CitationSource Citation
2.2. Enter your loginEnter your login
• Personal ID =Personal ID =
GM Network IDGM Network ID
• Password =Password =
GM NetworkGM Network
Citation Style and TitleCitation Style and Title
Choose a citation style and give your paperChoose a citation style and give your paper
a name.a name.
The DashboardThe Dashboard
Click to see the different parts of the dashboard.Click to see the different parts of the dashboard.
The Dashboard shows
general information about
your project and its various
This is where you will add
your research question
and thesis statement.
Access the different parts
of your project—the
outline, and paper—here.
When you share your
project with others, they
can leave comments,
which will appear here. You can create a list of
tasks and due dates for
yourself by clicking here.
Creating a New CitationCreating a New Citation
When you begin looking at a research source,When you begin looking at a research source,
create a citation for it so you can keep track ofcreate a citation for it so you can keep track of
where different information in your paperwhere different information in your paper
comes from.comes from.
Begin by selecting the type of
resource from the pull-down
menu, then answer any
additional questions about your
source. This will help
NoodleTools choose the right
type of citation.
Filling in the CitationFilling in the Citation
The pattern for your citation isThe pattern for your citation is
color-coded so you can seecolor-coded so you can see
what it will look like.what it will look like.
Enter the information about yourEnter the information about your
research source into the spacesresearch source into the spaces
You may not have informationYou may not have information
for every field, but you shouldfor every field, but you should
have entries inhave entries in mostmost fields.fields.
When you are done, clickWhen you are done, click
Adding AdditionalAdding Additional
You can choose to add additional informationYou can choose to add additional information
about the research source in the “Annotation”about the research source in the “Annotation”
This is required for an annotated bibliography,This is required for an annotated bibliography,
and can help you to keep track of the formatand can help you to keep track of the format
and general characteristics of each source inand general characteristics of each source in
case you want to refer to them later.case you want to refer to them later.
What are notecards?What are notecards?
In the olden days of research, youIn the olden days of research, you
kept track of your sources and thekept track of your sources and the
facts you found in each one onfacts you found in each one on
handwritten notecards.handwritten notecards.
These could then be spread out on aThese could then be spread out on a
tabletop and sorted into piles totabletop and sorted into piles to
represent the different parts of arepresent the different parts of a
paper, as well as to remind thepaper, as well as to remind the
researcher which source each idearesearcher which source each idea
came from.came from.
Citation managers take care of all ofCitation managers take care of all of
these things for you, eliminating thethese things for you, eliminating the
need for handwritten cards.need for handwritten cards.
Open a new NotecardOpen a new Notecard
When you’re ready to take some notes fromWhen you’re ready to take some notes from
a research source, click “new” undera research source, click “new” under
Notecards next to that source.Notecards next to that source.
New NotecardNew Notecard
Give your notecard a name that
will help you remember what
information is there.
Adding a URL will create a link
back to the original source from
You can add tags to help you later
when you are sorting cards. After
you add tags to a card, you can
choose from the dropdown menu
to give other notecards the same
Direct QuotationsDirect Quotations
Pull direct quotations from yourPull direct quotations from your
source and paste to the dialogsource and paste to the dialog
box. You can also add picturesbox. You can also add pictures
from electronic resources.from electronic resources.
If formatting is a problem, youIf formatting is a problem, you
have a text-only option forhave a text-only option for
The text box has many of theThe text box has many of the
same features as a wordsame features as a word
processor—find and replace,processor—find and replace,
different font styles, various textdifferent font styles, various text
alignments, special characters,alignments, special characters,
and highlighting text.and highlighting text.
Take another look at theTake another look at the
section you just copied tosection you just copied to
your notecard, and put ityour notecard, and put it
into your own words. Tryinto your own words. Try
to give as complete ato give as complete a
rundown as possible.rundown as possible.
Further QuestionsFurther Questions
The last text box asksThe last text box asks
you to think about theyou to think about the
information you’ve found.information you’ve found.
– What does it mean forWhat does it mean for
your research?your research?
– Why is it important?Why is it important?
– Does it reveal any otherDoes it reveal any other
ideas that need to beideas that need to be
– How does this connect toHow does this connect to
other information you’veother information you’ve
already found?already found?
You can highlight, underline,You can highlight, underline,
or italicize points you knowor italicize points you know
you want to come back to.you want to come back to.
Viewing Notecards fromViewing Notecards from
the Citation Listthe Citation List
From the source list, click “show” to view summariesFrom the source list, click “show” to view summaries
of all notes for that source. Click “hide” to removeof all notes for that source. Click “hide” to remove
these from view.these from view.
From Notecards toFrom Notecards to
The TabletopThe Tabletop
Click to see the different parts of the tabletop.Click to see the different parts of the tabletop.
This is the tabletop, where you can see the different threadsThis is the tabletop, where you can see the different threads
of your research all at the same time.of your research all at the same time.
You can sort your cards
in this area, putting them
When you’ve sorted your
notecards, use this
window to set up your
If two notecards provide
information about the
same concept, you can
put them together in a
This box holds any new
notecards you haven’t
yet put onto the table.
If you have more
notecards than can be
seen at one time, this
box shows you which
area of the tabletop you
are looking at.
Organizing NotecardsOrganizing Notecards
The simplest way to sort yourThe simplest way to sort your
notecards is by dragging themnotecards is by dragging them
around the tabletop. Hold thearound the tabletop. Hold the
cursor over a notecard to see itscursor over a notecard to see its
full title and a short summary.full title and a short summary.
Double-click to edit the notecard.Double-click to edit the notecard.
You can put similar cardsYou can put similar cards
together, or even drag a card ontogether, or even drag a card on
top of another one to create atop of another one to create a
pile. Holding the cursor over apile. Holding the cursor over a
stack will remind you whichstack will remind you which
cards are in that pile.cards are in that pile.
Tagging NotecardsTagging Notecards
It’s easy to add visualIt’s easy to add visual
cues to your notecards,cues to your notecards,
CTRL-click to select aCTRL-click to select a
notecard, then pull downnotecard, then pull down
the Tags menu. Fromthe Tags menu. From
there, you can color-there, you can color-
code, change tags, orcode, change tags, or
add visual cues to helpadd visual cues to help
you keep track of youryou keep track of your
information. You caninformation. You can
add multiple colors oradd multiple colors or
visual cues to eachvisual cues to each
Creating the outlineCreating the outline
Creating an outline will helpCreating an outline will help
you to organize the parts ofyou to organize the parts of
your paper into a clear andyour paper into a clear and
logical order.logical order.
Create your outline using theCreate your outline using the
outline toolbar. With theoutline toolbar. With the
buttons, you can add abuttons, you can add a
heading, make a heading intoheading, make a heading into
a subheading, movea subheading, move
headings up and down,headings up and down,
delete a heading, or print thedelete a heading, or print the
entire outline.entire outline.
Double-click to change theDouble-click to change the
names of the differentnames of the different
Adding SupportAdding Support
Drag notecards over to the appropriate sections of theDrag notecards over to the appropriate sections of the
outline. Use the up/down button to change the order of theoutline. Use the up/down button to change the order of the
Notecards that have been added will show a check mark inNotecards that have been added will show a check mark in
the upper corner.the upper corner.
Printing the OutlinePrinting the Outline
When your outline is finished, you have severalWhen your outline is finished, you have several
options for publishing. You can print the outlineoptions for publishing. You can print the outline
with or without the information from your notecards,with or without the information from your notecards,
or convert the outline to a file type that you can editor convert the outline to a file type that you can edit
with a word processor.with a word processor.
Exporting the OutlineExporting the Outline
In the Outline window,In the Outline window,
choose the Printchoose the Print
Select the Convert toSelect the Convert to
RTF option. RatherRTF option. Rather
than sending athan sending a
document to thedocument to the
printer, this option willprinter, this option will
convert your outline toconvert your outline to
a format that can bea format that can be
read by a wordread by a word
Export OptionsExport Options
You can include or excludeYou can include or exclude
many of the elements ofmany of the elements of
your notecards. You willyour notecards. You will
probably want to include atprobably want to include at
least the page numbers,least the page numbers,
quotations, paraphrases,quotations, paraphrases,
and your own ideas. Theseand your own ideas. These
will help you write yourwill help you write your
paragraphs and cite theparagraphs and cite the
sources correctly withoutsources correctly without
having to refer back to yourhaving to refer back to your
notecards while you arenotecards while you are
Open Your OutlineOpen Your Outline
You will have the option to either saveYou will have the option to either save
your file or open it immediately.your file or open it immediately.
Now What?Now What?
When you open yourWhen you open your
outline, it will look like this.outline, it will look like this.
You have several optionsYou have several options
from this point:from this point:
– Open a new document forOpen a new document for
your draft and click backyour draft and click back
and forth as you write.and forth as you write.
– Begin typing paragraphsBegin typing paragraphs
or parts of paragraphsor parts of paragraphs
directly into the outline.directly into the outline.
– Reformat the documentReformat the document
into a Word outline andinto a Word outline and
type paragraphs right intotype paragraphs right into
Straight IntoStraight Into
the Outlinethe Outline
If you choose to draftIf you choose to draft
your paragraphsyour paragraphs
directly into the outline,directly into the outline,
you can make it easieryou can make it easier
to tell the draft from theto tell the draft from the
outline byoutline by
– Eliminating extra lineEliminating extra line
– Using different fontsUsing different fonts
Google DocsGoogle Docs
One of the best places to put your draft is onOne of the best places to put your draft is on
Google Docs. You will need a Google account toGoogle Docs. You will need a Google account to
do this.do this.
The advantages to using Google Docs for storingThe advantages to using Google Docs for storing
your files are:your files are:
– Files are accessible from any web-connected computer.Files are accessible from any web-connected computer.
– You only have one version of the file floating around—noYou only have one version of the file floating around—no
more figuring out which is the one you were working onmore figuring out which is the one you were working on
last time.last time.
– A full-featured, built-in word processor means you can editA full-featured, built-in word processor means you can edit
your file on a computer that doesn’t have Word, or openyour file on a computer that doesn’t have Word, or open
your file no matter what program or version you have.your file no matter what program or version you have.
You’re Done!You’re Done!
Press to exit the tutorial.Press to exit the tutorial.