Citing Sources


WHY Cite Your Sources?

  • To give credit to the original creator of the work. That's ethical and fair.
  • To gain credibility for our project by proving capable research.
  • To assist others in locating the resources for further study.

"Plagiarism" is when one takes another's work and either does not credit it properly, or claims it as their own. May also extend to using non-existent sources. Some great examples are HERE.


Click HERE for a video on creating a Noodletools account and basic functions.

(Thanks, Mrs. Johnson, Stiles MS librarian!)


For help finding and citing research sources:

Finding & Citing Sources

For more help on citations:

Purdue Online Writing Lab


Noodletools is highly recommended as a citation source because it is extremely accurate.

However, if you just need 1-2 quick citations for a casual purpose, here are some free options.

  • Apogee -- Chrome extension for online citations. Click the icon while visiting a webpage for instant citation. It also gives a credibility score.
  • EasyBib -- Online citation creator for the most common types of citations.

** Remember, these are less accurate, and should not be used for important projects.**

Noodletools generates the most accurate source citations, which is why Leander ISD pays for you to have access to it.


Click HERE. Log-in on the RIGHT side, under G Suite, using your LISD Google email and click "Sign in with Google".


If it's the first time you've logged into Noodletools this year, you will need to update your profile. Just follow the prompts. Submit or save.

If you can't get in, see Ms. Nations for help.

After that, you will land on the Projects page. Click "+New Project". Name your project. Leave style and level choices as they are. Submit.

Now on the Dashboard, you can enter any information you like, or move on by clicking the Sources tab at the top.

In Sources, click "+Create New Citation", and choose the type of source you have. On the drop-down menue, choose, the sub-type. (Make your best guess, if unsure. You can change it later.)

Notice the Quick Cite and Import functions toward the top. These can save you a lot of time and effort. If you already have a citation from a database, you can just pop it in the provided box using Quick Cite. Book citations can be imported by ISBN (number with barcode on back of book) or title, then its information is filled automatically.

If you don't have a ready-made citation or ISBN/Title, simply enter the information you have in each labeled box provided. If information is not available, skip that box. (Boxes with red asterisks require info, though.)

When your bibliography (list of sources) is complete, you can export it by clicking the Print/Export tab while in Sources. Choose Word or Google Docs. Then you can print, or copy & paste to the end of your paper.

There are also tabs for Notecards, which store the research from your sources, and Paper, which opens a Google Doc for your writing project.

Click HERE for aditional detailed written directions for Noodletools.