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Research Process



Click HERE to log-in to NoodleTools

Getting started with Noodle Tools

  • Log in to NoodleTools on the right side of the screen under Access via Google for Education 
  • Use your district email: for students or for teachers.
  • If this is your first time using NoodleTools, you may have to create an account.
  • Click “Create a New Project”, choose MLA and Junior or Advanced, and name your project appropriately for description.
  • Click on Bibliography, choose the type of citation, and fill in as much information as you can. Note that only boxes with an asterisk (*) are mandatory.
  • Click new under Notecards to take notes. Use all three sections of the notecard.
  • Organize your notecards into an outline from the Notecards tab.

Comparing Search Engines

Choose the Best Search for your Information Needs

A guide to help determine which search tools to use based on the information needed. Many of the recommended tools search for more reliable and scholarly resources.

Search Engine Tools

A well organized list that matches type of search with specific search tools


Basic MLA Citation Format

There are many varied information sources.

Use NoodleTools to help determine which format to use for each.


Basic Format:

Contributor. Title. Secondary Contributors. Publication Information. Medium.


Contributor Format:

Usually the contributor is the author, but it may be an editor, director, artist, etc.

One author: Smith, John K. Title

Two authors: Smith, John K., and Tim Sampson. Title.

Three authors: Smith, John K., Tim Sampson, and Alex J. Hubbard. Title.

Four or more authors: Smith, John K., et al. Title.

Web Source:

The format will vary depending on the source! Best to use NoodleTools!

Add as much of the following as you can find in this order and structure.

(1)Contributors. (2)“Title of work.” (3)Title of overall website(4)Edition or version. (5)Website Publisher, (6)Date of e-publication. (7)Web. (8)Date accessed.

While MLA 7 doesn't require a URL, including it makes it easier to locate your source.  Use angled brackets at the end of your citation.


Adapted from EasyBib ImagineEasy Solutions, n.d. Web. 21 Dec 2012.


SFUSD Subscription Databases

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(You must be logged into you district Google account)


Britannica Online

Britannica Image Quest

Britannica Annals of American History

Britannica Spanish Reference Center

Gale Student Resources in Context


SIRS Issue Researcher


Basic in-text citation rules

In MLA style, referring to the works of others in your text is done by using parenthetical citation. You place the source information in parentheses after a quote or a paraphrase.

If you create the citation in NoodleTools, it will tell you how to create an in-text citation. 


General Guidelines

  • The source information required in a parenthetical citation depends upon the source (e.g. Print, Web, DVD) and upon the source’s entry on the Works Cited (bibliography) page.
  • Any source information that you provide in-text must match the source information on the Works Cited page. It must be the first thing that appears on the corresponding entry on the Works Cited List.

Citing non-print or sources from the Internet

  • Include in the text the first item that appears in the matching Work Cited entry. (e.g. author name, article name, website name, film name).
  • You do not need to give paragraph numbers or page numbers.
  • Unless you must list the Web site name to get the reader to the appropriate entry, do not include URLs in-text. Only provide partial URLs like or as opposed to writing out or

Adapted from PurdueOWL

How Reliable is a Website?
Use the CRAAP test!
Currency – is the information too old?
Relevance/coverage – does it tell you what    you need to know?
Authority – who is the source of the information?
Accuracy – is the information true and reliable?
Purpose/objectivity – why does this site exist? Could it be biased?
Credit: The CRAAP acronym is from Meriam Library at California State University Chico. 

What are Databases & Why do You Need Them?