NoodleTools introduction

APS provides NoodleTools software to build expert citations, bibliographies and link sources, notes for research projects.

Log in at

  • Begin with Safari (or an internet browser of choice) and URL:
  • Use Safari or an internet browser (not the “drive app”)

Simply access NoodleTools at the “waffle menu” in the upper right corner of that web page. Continue to access using your Google for APS ID/password.  (Sample username:

Diagram shows the upper right hand corner as a point to access a menu whose icon is in the shape of a waffle. By clicking "more" it accesses Noodletools.


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With Noodletools, you can…

  • Use templates and guidance to build MLA (or APA) citationslearn how here
  • Export your NoodleTools Bibliographylearn how here
  • On “sources” screen use “edit” (to the right of the citation) to critique each source in your “annotated bibliography.” This is useful for describing sources or evaluating them with criteria such as CARDS or SPACE or RAVEN.  Annotations can be useful in conferencing with instructors. They can be turned on or turned off of your final print-out.
  • Record notes from your sources (quoting and paraphrasing) by using electronic note cards that help students build accurate in-text citations and avoid plagiarismlearn how here
  • MANY MORE TUTORIALS are kept up-to-date on this Tutorial Page from NoodleTools.

7th graders in 2022-23 will create 3 bibliographies by making 3 simple NoodleTools “projects”. They will “share” them online with the librarian and their teacher(s.)

  1. Reina Reading Log
  2. Sam Science Expo
  3. Quickie Citations Anytime

High Schoolers at HBW may get an introduction to using technology such as NoodleTools to support their acquisition of research skills for long term, inquiry-based research projects.  Students can also meet with the librarian for a start. Students can use NoodleTools software for many purposes:

  • building their project around an overarching question and supporting it with more narrow “focus questions”
  • eventually developing their question into a thesis statement (after they have gathered information)
  • getting expert and updated models for citation in MLA or APA format, and using its “citation generator” template  (similar to using EasyBib, but much more robust)
  • building properly formatted bibliographies that can be annotated
  • developing a set of electronic note cards from their sources
  • outlining their research with the note cards inserted appropriately
  • exporting the data compiled above into their Google Drive
  • collaborating realtime, 24/7 online with research partners, their teacher, and librarian
  • communicating progress with instructors for resource recommendations and project feedback during the process of research… not only after the due date has been reached.