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Citation Help: APA & MLA

Properly cite and document sources for scholarly and personal research.

What is NoodleTools and Why Should I Use It?

NoodleTools is an online research management system. It is purchased by the academic South Mountain Community Library, which means it is free for all SMCC students and faculty!

NoodleTools will help you:      undefined         

  • Plan, gather, and organize your research with electronic notecards
  • Make a project Do list
  • Create outlines
  • Format your bibliography or annotated bibliography
  • Create citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago styles and then export them into your paper
  • Produce a sketch of your research portfolio
  • Develop team skills by collaborating with classmates, project team members, instructors, and librarians.

What's the Difference between NoodleTools and NoodleTools Express?

You can use NoodleTools Express when you just need to create one or two quick citations. There's no need to log in--simply create citations using the form in NoodleTools Express then copy and paste what you need into your paper.

Revalidating Your Account

Every August 1st, NoodleTools resets all accounts. If you are a student at SMCC, you'll want to first log in through our EZProxy server (using the link below). Then, when you log into NoodleTools, your account will be automatically revalidated. Please use this link to revalidate: 

How Do I Start?

Computer and Wi-Fi Access

NoodleTools Access

Access from this guide or under academic library research Databases. Then click on  NoodleTools.

Access NoodleTools on my phone or tablet?

​NoodleTools does have an app for both Apple and Android mobile devices; called NoodleTools Companion. Simply go to the AppStore (iPhone) or Google Play (Android) and search for the free NoodleTools Companion app and download it.

When you download the app, there is a tutorial that will walk you through using the app (How to add/choose a project, how to scan barcodes, how to export them into your projects).

*Note: as of 7/25/18, books are the only type of source you can add to your NoodleTools projects using NoodleTools Companion. If you want to add websites, journal articles, YouTube videos, newspaper articles, magazine articles, etc., you will need to go to the web-based version of NoodleTools.

Computer Access

If you are a currently-enrolled SMCC Student:    

Student computers are located on the 2nd floor next to the information desk and in classroom L235.  These computers are connected to your student print account.

Public computers are located on the 2nd floor.  If you use a public computer, log in with your MEID as your library card number. Your password will be your six-digit birthday (MMDDYY).  Please note that these computers are not connected to your student printing account and you will be required to pay for printouts.  

If you are a Community Member NOT enrolled at SMCC:  

You must have a current Phoenix Public Library card in order to use a computer. 

Wi-Fi Access

There are two Wi-Fi profiles available at SMCL: Guest and Cougar.

Guest Wi-Fi is for general public use.  Select Guest Wi-Fi from your device, then open an Internet browser to accept the user agreement in order to connect.

Cougar Wi-Fi is for currently-enrolled SMCC students, faculty, and staff.  Select Cougar Wi-Fi, log in with your MEID and password, and open an Internet browser.

Step 1:  Your NoodleTools Account 

At the Sign In page you have two options: You can Register as a new user or Sign In.  If you have already registered, sign in using your MEID and NoodleTools password.

Register as a new user




Step 1 A:  Do not use these services--Google, Microsoft, or Clever--to  register or sign-in.

Step 1 B:  Click/touch the REGISTER button to set up a NoodleTools account.

For New Students:  SMCL is an integrated public and academic library.  Use your MEID, SMCC student email address, and a NtodleTools password to register.

Please go to tab Step 2:  Register.

Step 2:  Register

Complete the New User Registration form:


Step 2A:  SUBSCRIPTION TYPE – Defaulted to An account to link to a school/library subscription or trial.

Step 2B:  ABOUT YOU – Defaulted to I am a student or library patron.  If you want to track your learning, provide Expected Year of Graduation information.

Step 2C:  CHOOSE A PERSONAL ID – (a) Use your SMCC MEID.   This will allow you to link NoodleTools to MCCCD Google Docs so you can write, edit, and share your research paper, (b) your NoodleTools password should be different from your SMCC MEID password.

Step 2D:  EASY LOGIN RETRIEVAL – (a) Use your college student email address. Ex., (b) your initials and the last 4 digits of your phone number will help in resetting or recovering your NoodleTools password.

Step 2E:  Yay!  Click or touch the REGISTER button.

Note:  Revalidating Your Account -  Every August 1st, NoodleTools resets all accounts. If you are a student at SMCC, you'll want to first log in through our EZProxy server (using the link below). Then, when you log into NoodleTools, your account will be automatically revalidated. Please use this link to revalidate:    

NoodleTools Link - Register or Log In

Please head to tab Step 3:  Start Paper or Project.

Step 3:  Start Paper or Project

Step 3A:  After you register, you will see the Projects screen: 

Step 3B: Click/touch the New project button to start your project or paper.

Step 3C:  Head to the Navigation bar Projects and Dashboards located on the left screen of this page to learn more about how to start New projects an Dashboard:




Need help?  Ask a Librarian or use the NoodleTools Main HelpDesk:

Step 4: Link to Google Docs

Step 4A:  Linking to Google Docs can be done in My profile located on the right top corner of the page/screen.  Click/touch the drop-down arrow. Then open My profile:



Step 4B:  Type your SMCC student email address in Google Email Account field.

Step 4C:  Then click on or touch the SAVE PROFILE button.

Need help?  Ask a Librarian or use the NoodleTools resources: