NoodleTools Handout by mikesanye


									                                      NoodleTools Handout

        NoodleTools is a tool that helps the user to generate citations. In addition to generating
citations, NoodleTools allows the user to write notes associated with citations and create an
outline. Also, students’ citation lists can be shared with teachers.

Creating a Class:

Step 1: Log in to Greenhouse and go to the Library Page. Click on the NoodleTools link in the
Bookmarks menu.

Step 2: You will have to create a user ID and password by clicking on “Create a Personal ID.”
Fill in the required fields to create your account.
         *NOTE: Noodletools requires a User ID and password; your Greenhouse login
         information will NOT work.

Step 3: Create a class by clicking on “Sharing Setup,” then click on “Create a New Class
Name.” Creating a class allows students to share their citation lists with you. When a list is
shared, you can make comments on individual citations.
*It’s up to you whether you create different classes for each section or choose to combine them
into one large class. If you want to keep the students of each class section together, create a
different list for each section (i.e. History Section 1, History Section 2, etc.)

Once the class is created, you’ll need to let your students know what you have named it so that
they can share their lists with that specific class.

Creating Citations:

Step 4: Starting from “My Lists,” click the “Create a New List” button.

                                                   “My Lists” is located on
                                                   this navigation bar.

Step 5: Choose the citation style you’d like to use and name your list. Then click “Create
       *If you have a certain style in mind, make sure to tell your students what to use.

Step 6: After creating a list, the program takes you straight to the page where you create your
first citation. You’ll need to use the drop down menu to select your citation type (book,
newspaper, electronic resource, etc.)
Step 7: Determine the exact nature of the material by following the steps the program maps out
for you. During this process you will also be asked to enter author, publication, page
information, etc.

Step 8: To create new citations, use the pull-down menu to select a document type and click
“Create Citation.” Repeat Steps 6-8 to create as many citations as you need.

Enhancing Your Citations:

Citations can be enhanced by:

       -   “Select an attribute” allows you to mark a citation as a primary, secondary, or
       -   Creating a notecard
       -   Creating an outline
Creating Notecards:

Step 9: Navigate to the “Bibliography” view (located next to “My Lists” on top navigation
bar). Click on the “New” link next to the citation on which you’d like to add notes. A “New
Notecard” box will appear.

                                                     “Bibliography” is located in
                                                     this navigation bar.

Step 10: In the “New Notecard” box, fill in the relevant information such as title of the
notecard, page numbers or URL and any direct quotes, paraphrases, and/or your own notes and
ideas. There are easy to follow instructions and explanations corresponding to each field. Click
“Save” when finished. Notecards can be seen in the “Bibliography” view by clicking “Show”
(located next to the “New” link).

Step 11: To work with the notecards, go to the “Notecard” view (located next to
“Bibliography,” see screenshot above). This view allows the user to create piles of notecards,
add new notecards, categorize using tags, and create an outline. Notecards are also searchable in
this feature; however, the notecard needs to be on the “Notecard Tabletop,” not in the “New
Notecards” box.
       -  Piles can be useful when trying to organize related information.
       -  Tags help the user to find information. Tag options include colors, visual cues, and
          word tagging.
      - The outline can be used as a way to organize the notes into a plan for the finished
          product (the paper).
      - “Add to Pile” button adds selected notecard to a new pile or to an existing pile.
          However, there needs to be at least two notecards to make a pile.
*Notecards can still be edited in this view.

       “New Notecard” box

                        “Notecard Tabletop”

Creating an Outline:

Step 12: The outline area starts the user out with Topic and Subtopic points. The names of
these can be changed by clicking on the word. A box with a cursor will show up and the user
can type in his or her own topic.

Step 13: Click the green plus sign icon to add a new topic and change the name using the same
method mentioned in Step 12.

Step 14: To indent or move the indent back, use the buttons next to the green plus sign icon.

Step 15: To move topics, use the icon with the up and down arrows. *NOTE: Master Topics
can be moved up and down within the complete outline but subtopics can only be moved within
their master topics.
  Step 16: The red X icon can be used to delete topics.

  Step 17: There are separate print icons for the outline and the notecards (see image above for
  notecard print icon).

  Step 18: To hide the outline, click the arrow icon in the corner.

Add new Topic          Indent           Move Indent
                                        Back                    Move Topic


                                                                      Delete Topic

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