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Use this guide to get started with NoodleTools


Quick cite lets you copy and paste a pre-formatted source reference from a website or online database.

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How to Use Quick Cite

1. Copy citation from database.

screen capture of full article record with red arrow pointing at cite button

2. Choose your citation style - MLA, APA, Chicago, etc. Highlight and copy citation.


screen capture pre-formatted citations in EBSCO database, MLA citation is highlighted with words added, "Copy and paste".


3. In NoodleTools, click + Create new citation and answer questions Where is it? and What is it?.


4. Click on Copy & paste a citation.

Screen capture showing Quick Site link highlighted


5. Copy the source into the Manually-edited citation text area provided. Follow the steps in the yellow box to review and make corrections where needed. Use the formatting Guide at top of the page to help you.


** Entering the publication or copyright date of the source will help sort the entry in relation to your other references. If you leave the field blank, NoodleTools still does its best to parse the date out of the reference you have pasted in.

When you save, the reference appears in the source list with a note, "This is a copy of a preformatted citation." This note does not appear when the bibliography is exported or printed.


Example of preformatted citation with note.