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NoodleTools for Researchers

Learn how to use NoodleTools like a pro to create bibliographies, organize your research notes, and manage your research projects

How to Create a New Project

On the Projects screen, click New Project.

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On the Create a New Project screen, provide information about the project:

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1. Enter a Project title. Enter a brief description that will help you remember the contents or purpose of this project when you see it later among other projects in your account.

2. Select a Citation style. Ask your teacher or instructor before choosing between MLA, APA, and Chicago. You will be able to change the style later if you need to, but since the data required to cite a source in one style can be different in another style, it is always best to start with the citation style your teacher is requesting.

3. Select a Citation level. The default level for MJC is Advanced. Make sure Advanced is selected.

4. Click Submit to create your new project. if you change your mind, click “X” in the upper right corner to return to your Projects screen.

See video below for a quick demonstration on how to create a new project in NoodleTools:


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Use the Dashboard to Work on a Project

When you open your new project, the first screen will be the Dashboard.

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Think of the Dashboard as your desktop. It includes a place to keep track of your research question and thesis statement, access to a 30-day project history, information detailing who the project is shared with, a to-do list, and a place to leave comments.


The Dashboard screen has three main sections: 

  • Project details
  • Sharing and collaboration
  • To-do list 

If you are sharing your project with your teacher or collaborating on the project with your teammates, you will see a fourth section, Recent comments where you can view comments from your teacher and/or teammates.

Project Details

Use the Project Details to help you stay focused and to track your work.

Project details

Research question: After you've done your preliminary reading and focused your research topic, state it in the form of a research question. Refer back to the research question to make sure you stay focused as you explore and to ensure that the sources you're finding are relevant to your research.

Thesis / Main claim / Hypothesis: Create a working thesis statement that answers the research question. This sentence states your main idea precisely and succinctly. Your thesis will guide your exploration of evidence and ideas for your notes, the structure of your outline, and your final presentation. It's normal for your working thesis to change some as you develop more in-depth knowledge on your topic.

History: Displays a 30-day log of work done on your project. 

Paper: Click “Start paper in Google Docs” to create a new document in your Google account and link it to this project for easy access and sharing. If there is already a document linked, click the link “Open in Google Docs” to reopen it, or “Unlink” to break the link between the existing document and the project (allowing you to start and link a different document instead). To use this feature, you will need to specify your Google ID in your user profile.

Links:  After you share your project with the teacher, you'll see any links he/she has shared related to the project, e.g. a calendar, an assignment sheet, a pathfinder, blog, wiki, etc.

Sharing and Collaboration

NoodleTools allows you to share your project with your teacher so you can get feedback and guidance as you work. You can also work on group projects by collaborating with your classmates.

Public view: By default, no public access to your project is permitted. However, there could be instances where you may want to set up partial or full public access. For example, you may want to allow other researchers to view your sources as examples, or permit them to copy a template of the project into their own accounts. Click the question mark icon for more information.

Sharing: You can share your project with one or more teachers through a project inbox. See the video below entitled, “How to Share Your Project With a Teacher's Inbox."

For more detailed instructions, you may want to view the NoodleTools Help Desk Guide entitled, How to Share Your Project With Your Teacher.

Student collaboration: If you're working with classmates on a project, this area allows you to give them different types of access. Another student can be a full collaborator (equal access to the project as yourself) or a peer-reviewer (read-only access, with the ability to write comments). If you will be working together on a Google Doc, be sure that all collaborators specify their Google IDs  in their user profiles. For more detailed instructions see the NoodleTools Help Desk guide, How to Set Up a Collaborative Project With Your Classmates.

To-Do List

Use your to do list to keep track of tasks, assignments and project milestones. If you're collaborating with other students, this is a shared to do list.

To add an item, simply click Add to-do item.

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NOTE: When you initially add a new item to the list, it will appear at the top. Reload the Dashboard screen to sort the items by due date.

Recent Comments

The Recent comments area at the bottom of your project's Dashboard screen (below the "To-do list" section) displays all comments that have been written in your project to date. Learn more about using comments in NoodleTools by clicking on How to Write and Respond to Project Comments (The Basics).