NoodleTools Research & Citation Manager

Tips & tools for using NoodleTools research & citation plaform

What is NoodleTools?

NoodleTools is a software platform that helps students:

NOTE: You will need to be logged in to NoodleTools to view all linked help resources. See the "Getting Started" box on this page to create a login.

Getting Started

Always access NoodleTools via the MU Library homepage - this will give you access as an authorized user. You can find it in the Resources box under the Databases A-Z list. Note: you must be logged in to your Monmouth email account to access NoodleTools if you are off campus.

To use NoodleTools, you will need to create a personal login that allows you to organize and store your work. Click "Register" at the bottom of the login box to get started.

  • Select the option "An account linked to a school/library subscription or trial."  
  • This personal login (ID) is not connected to your MU login credentials. This is a separate personal ID and password created just for this site.
  • Add a valid email, last 4 digits of phone, and initials — these are used for account verification and password reset.

Note: You will need to revalidate your user account every school year. To do this, log in to NoodleTools once from on campus.

Source: NoodleTools Help Desk

NoodleTools Help

NoodleTools has a large knowledge base where you can find tutorials and help on a variety of topics, including:

  • Logins and access
  • Projects and dashboard
  • Sources and citation
  • Notecards and outline
  • Teaching with NoodleTools

NoodleTools Guide for Students

The NoodleTools student guide covers:

NoodleTools Guide for Faculty

This guide for faculty covers the following topics:

Cite Feature in MU Databases

Most Monmouth databases include a widget (tool) that creates a citation for most database resources in APA, MLA, Chicago and other styles. While these are very useful to get started creating citations, you should always proofread database-generated citations before using them in a research paper or other project. 


graphic showing citation widget in Ebsco database


There are similar citation generators available in other free and subscription web platforms, including Zotero and Scribbr. Always proofread citations generated by these platforms as well.

The suggested web platform for assistance in creating citations is Excelsior OWL, which also includes modules on creating annotated bibliographies and writing assistance.