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Biology & PAP Biology - Projects with MLA Citations: Citing Sources /Taking Notes

Use this guide to help you create MLA formatted citations for your Biology assignments.


You must use Noodletools to cite your sources.  You can also use it to keep your notes.  If you need help with your username or password, email or visit Mrs. Barnes in the library.

Noodletools help

A powerpoint showing you how to set up an account and get started using Noodletools.

Citing a Web Site

When citing something from the free Internet in Noodle Tools, please remember the difference between a Web site and a Web pageIf you performed a search through a search engine, chances are you are looking at and citing a page from a larger Web site

To find the name of the Web site, truncate the URL by highlighting all characters after the .com or .net or .org, then press the 'enter' key.  The title of the Web site will be on their home page. 

Chances are, if you could not find an author, editor, publisher of the site and/or publication date on the page you're citing, you'll find them here on the home page.  Sometimes to find all the information, you may need to go to the 'contact us' or 'about' sections of the site. 

Remember, if ANYONE, can find the information on the page or site, you MUST include it in your citation.

Citing Content Found Within a Database

Look at the type of document.  Most databases will tell you this.  You can either start your citation in NoodleTools by selecting 'database' and then choosing the type of media, OR you can select the type of media, and then choose 'database' from the tabs at the top of the next page. 

When you cite from the ABC-CLIO databses, select 'database' and then on the next page, scroll down to the bottom and choose 'original content'.

Citing an eBook

When citing from an eBook, you will start by selecting 'book' in NoodleTools.  Then, from the tabs at the top of the page where you fill in the text boxes, select 'eBook file'. 

Chances are, you will only be using a chapter or section of an eBook.  Make sure you select that you are citing a chapter or section, and fill in that information accordingly.  If the author/editor of the chapter or section is the same as for the whole book, only enter that information in the text fields for the book and leave those fields empty for the chapter/section information.

Printing Your Final Works Cited Page Through NoodleTools

Using notecards

Screen cast tutorials to help with using note cards.

Note Taking Strategies

Sample Works Cited

Use this page as SAMPLE to help you make sure your citations are correct. 

 If you need to change something, either EDIT the citation in Noodletools or save it to WORD and correct it there.