By default, NoodleTools orders your source list alphabetically (using letter-by-letter alphabetization). Each of the style guides has slightly different rules for alphabetizing. Unless your instructor specifically requests otherwise, a source list should always be submitted using NoodleTools’ default sort order. However, it can be revealing and instructive to be able to group or sort your list in other ways. There are three alternative ways to sort, view and print your list:




Currency – References are ordered in descending order of publication or copyright date (most recent first). Sources for which no date is known or provided are listed at the bottom when this sort order is selected.

Media type – References are grouped into general, pre-defined groups indicating the type of publication: Periodicals, non-periodicals, audio-visual material, websites and other e-sources, legal sources, and unpublished/other. Within each of these groups, entries are ordered alphabetically.

Primary, secondary and tertiary – References are grouped based on whether they have been labeled by the user as a primary, secondary, or tertiary source. Unlike the other views, sources that have not been labeled by the user are omitted from view.

Collaborator – In a collaborative project, references created by a member of the team are grouped together. 

To sort your list, select an option from the Sort menu in the upper right of your list. The image below displays a source list sorted by Media Type.



Alternatively, you can sort sources by clicking the column header for Media type, Citation (Alphabetic), or Description (primary, secondary or tertiary).


Sort order is maintained when you export your source list via the Print/Export option.