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APA 6th Edition Guide


NoodleTools is an online software available to Rasmussen students, faculty, and staff that helps with APA formatting. NoodleTools helps you create reference lists, in-text citations, notecards, outlines, and annotated bibliographies.

Login Information:

Click here to access NoodleTools

‚ÄčFor first-time users:

  • You will need to create an account to get started. Watch this short video for directions:

For returning users:

  • In most cases, your log in is:
    • Username: firstname.lastname 
    • Password: first initial last initial last 4 digits of your Social Security number

To revalidate your account:

  • If you need the school/library username and password to revalidate your account, go to the NoodleTools Guide link in the Resources Tab of your online class, and use the username and password information that appears in bold underneath the NoodleTools Guide link.

For help:

  • NoodleTools has a large knowledge base where you can find help on a variety of topics.
  • Visit the tabbed box below for tips and tricks. 
  • If you have questions regarding your account, contact the Personal Support Center.

Using NoodleTools

NoodleTools Webinar:

NoodleTools Quick Guide for Students:

  • The below quick guide covers the following topics:
    • How to start a new project and a source list
    • How to create notecards
    • How to share a project with your teacher
    • How to set up a project collaboration with your classmates

NoodleTools Quick Guide for Faculty:

  • The below quick guide covers the following topics:
    • How to create a new project and a source list
    • How to create notecards
    • How to set up a project inbox to receive student work and provide feedback

To create a reference and add it to your list of sources, follow these steps:

  1. Once you've logged in, click on the green Create a New Project button in the upper left.
  2. The default settings should be APA and Advanced Style; leave as it is.
  3. Give your project a descriptive name so that you'll know what it refers to.
  4. Select Submit.
  5. To start citing sources, select Sources from the top.
  6. Click the green Create Citation button in the upper left. 
  7. Select the type of source you are going to cite and go from there!

Not only does NoodleTools help you create references, it also helps with creating in-text citations

Use the link above for directions on how to create in-text citations in NoodleTools.

*Visit the In-Text Citations page to the left for more information on creating in-text citations.

Using notecards assist with organizing your thoughts, ideas, and sources before you begin writing your paper. The notecards within NoodleTools also stay linked to the source so all of your information stays organized. 

Use the link above for directions on how to create notecards in NoodleTools. 

Outlines are an important step in the writing process because they help organize all your thoughts and research.

Use the link above for directions on how to create an outline in NoodleTools.

You have two options when making an outline:

  • Before you take notes:  Set up a general structure of main points.  After you've taken your notes, add them in as subtopics or supporting details.
  • After you take notes:  Group your notes into piles based on topic.  Drag the  note cards to the outline pane, and then label the main ideas and subtopics.

Steps for creating an outline:

  1. Create your list of sources first
  2. Create your notecards for each citation
  3. Arrange your notecards based on topic/main idea
  4. Drag each notecard to the outline column on the right side