Monday, February 21, 2011

UNCLE! If You Use A Citation Tool - Learn From It

There is a company that produces an online citation tool I've used and for the most part find it is correct or close to correct more often than not. Online citation tools are basic, cumbersome and time consuming. My opinion.

It's called NoodleTools and has an online free version of its citation tool NoodleBib Express. (Has Chicago style used by Family Historians.) There is a professional version for $8.00 per year which creates Bibliographies and much more. (Read about it here.)

Here are the choices for a citation source:

NoodleBib Express: Chicago/Turabian

Newspaper or Newswire

Conference Proceedings
Reference Source (Dictionary, Encyclopedia, etc.)
Religious Work
Technical/Research Report

Electronic/Online (Exclusively)
Electronic Mailing List
UsenetOnline Database
Web Forum (Message Board)
Web Site
Audio Blog or Video Blog
Advertisement or Commercial
Cartoon or Comic Strip
Film or Video Recording
Lecture, Speech, Address, or Reading
Map or Chart
Painting, Sculpture or Photograph
Performance (Play, Opera, Ballet, Concert)
Sound Recording
Podcast Television or Radio Program
Legal Sources (Bluebook Format)
Congressional Debate (Cong. Rec.)
Court Case
Federal or State Bill or Resolution
Federal or State Report or Document
Federal or State Committee Hearing
Federal Rule or Regulation
Presidential Paper or Executive Order


Dissertation or Thesis
Letter or Memo
Unpublished Paper, Manuscript or Primary Source Document

As an example of using the tool (see screen shots), I created a citation for my blog article "Collecting Information For A Source."

This was my result:

Chicago/Turabian Citation (Weblog, Audioblog or Videoblog)

You can copy and paste this citation into your own document:

Annotated Bibliography form:

footnoteMaven (blog).
     Article on collecting source information when scanning in library, etc.

Note form:
1. FootnoteMaven, "Collecting Information For A Source," footnoteMaven (blog), February 21,
2011, accessed January 21, 2011, 

It is a learning tool, so if you use it, learn from it! If you don't, see graphic at beginning of this post.

Elizabeth Shown Mills, wish there was a tool like this using all the examples of EE. I'd PAYYYY for that one.


Teaching tool
  • Teaches evaluation and analysis; not simply a "machine" that automates the process.
  • Extensive help for each citation element at the point of need.
  • Guides learner through difficult decisions about the source material.
  • Fast, personal responses to individual citation questions.
  • Generates parenthetical reference for each citation, with additional advanced help.
  • Checks for mistakes in punctuation, abbreviations, and more.

Promotes ethical research

  • Ease of use and expert advice gives students confidence to cite even the trickiest sources.
  • Online notecards capture author's words, images, graphs, and original formatting.
  • Software guides student through paraphrasing and prompts for original thinking.
  • Built-in editor enables annotation of notes, improving comprehension, analysis and reflection.
  • Notecards linked to citations to ensure proper attribution.

Assessment for learning

  • Students share working bibliographies and notecards with teachers for feedback.
  • While viewing a student's citation form, teacher can insert comments and ask questions.
  • Statistical graphs analyze quantity, variety and currency of sources.

Convenient and up-to-date

  • Web-based, saved work can be accessed from any computer, no software to install.
  • Bibliographies and notecards can be exported directly to Word.
  • Prompt software changes to conform to current MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian rules.

Administrative support

  • Real-time usage statistics and graphs.
  • Customization of features and preferences.
  • Web-based subscription and user management.
From the NoodleTools website.


Blogger Unknown said...

That's going to come in handy!

February 23, 2011 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Tessa Keough said...

I'm going to check this out, thanks for the information.

March 1, 2011 at 11:00 AM  

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