General Citation Info
What is a Source?
A source is the person/place/thing where you get the information to use for your project/paper/presentation. Your source might be a book, website, database article, interview, youtube video, or something else.
What is a citation?
A "citation" provides your audience with the information about the source you used. It usually includes at least the source's author, title, publisher info, copyright date, and URL. Sometimes it includes more or less information than that. It is a way of giving credit to individuals for their creative and intellectual works that you utilized to support your research
Why do we cite?
A "citation" is the way you tell your audience that certain material in your work came from another source. It is how you give credit to the original provider of the information and how you avoid plagiarism. A citation also tells your audience where they can find the source you used. You must cite all your sources.
What is a Works Cited or bibliography
A "works cited" page is also sometimes called a bibliography page. This page usually comes at the end of your paper/presenation/project. It is basically a listing of all your citations. So every source you use for your research should be represented on your works cited page in the form of a citation.
What is a Citation Style?
A citation style dictates which information is necessary, and in which format, for your citation. Your teacher will indicate which style you should use. In high school, you will usually use MLA style. You may also be asked to use APA, or chicago/turabian style.
For more information on each style, you can click the following links:
What is Noodletools?
Noodletools is a great tool that helps you organize and do research.
NoodleTools will help you:
- Create bibliographies in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles then export them into your paper
- Format your bibliography
- Plan, gather, and organize your research using electronic note cards
- Analyze, synthesize and incorporate your sources into your paper
- Work on group projects with your classmates.
Stone, Les. "Blood Diamonds."SIRS Issues Researcher, 13 Aug, 2003, https://sks.sirs.com.
How to cite a database in noodletools
- In Noodletools click “sources”
- Click “create new citation”
- Click “database”
- If unsure which option to select, choose “Journal”
- DO NOT FILL IN THE BOXES!!
- Click on “copy and paste a citation”
- Go to your journal article. On the right or left side there will be a link called something like “Citation Tools” or “Cite” or “Cite this.” Click on it.
- Find the correct style citation for your project (English projects are usually MLA, science projects are usually APA. Check with your teacher if you are not sure which style you are supposed to use.)
- Copy the citation.
- Go back to your Noodletooles and paste the citation you just copied into the large white box titled “manual citation.”
- Click submit.
How to cite from a website (free web/google)
- In Noodletools click “sources
- Click “website”
- Click “webpage” or whatever other option is appropriate.
- YOU MUST FILL IN THE BOXES (there is no shortcut for open internet websites in noodletools)
- Look on your webpage for the information each box asks for. If you cannot find it, you may leave that box blank.
- Once you’ve filled out as many boxes as you can, you can click “submit.”
- At the bare minimum, you must ALWAYS INCLUDE the url, today’s date, and the title of the webpage.
How to cite a book in noodletools
- In Noodletools click on “sources.”
- Click “create new citation.”
- Click “print or in hand.”
- Click “book.”
- DO NOT FILL IN ALL OF THE BOXES!
- Near the top is a white box with the words “ISBN” and “search” on either side of it.
- Get your book’s ISBN number. It will be on the back above the barcode. You can also find it on the back side of the title page.
- Type the ISNB number into the box near the top and click search.
- Once the correct title is found, click on it.
- Click “import selected source.”
- Click “continue.”
- Click “submit.”