Overview: The Quick Cite feature lets you copy and paste a pre-formatted source reference from a website or online database. 

This article applies to: 

✔︎ NoodleTools School Subscription (but feature may be disabled for some schools)

✔︎ NoodleTools Individual License

✔︎ NoodleTools MLA Lite

 NoodleTools Express


Note: Many online databases support direct citation export option, which is the best option when it is available. See "Which databases currently have an 'Export to NoodleTools' option?"

Step 1:

On the Sources screen, click New Source. At top of the citation form that appears, click the "Quick cite: Copy & paste a citation" link. The form will change to display a single "Manually-edited citation" text box. 

Step 2:

Copy your pre-formatted source citation into the "Manually-edited citation" text box.

Step 3:

Follow the steps in the yellow box to review and make corrections to the citation where needed. Use the formatting "Guide" (blue tab) at the top of the page to help you. 

Step 4:

Enter the publication or copyright date of the source. This will help sort the entry in relation to your other references. If you leave this blank, NoodleTools will do its best to parse the date out of the reference you pasted in. 

Step 5:

If your source is online, but your citation for the source does not include a URL, you can enter a URL in the separate field provided. This allows NoodleTools to add a "View live web page" link on the Sources screen, allowing you to return to the online source easily.

Step 6:

Click Save. The reference will appear on the Sources screen with a note at the bottom, "This is a copy of a pre-formatted citation." This note does not appear when the source list is exported or printed. 

NOTE: If you have used Quick cite to insert your citation, the in-text citation (or footnote) help will not provide an example that you can copy/paste. To create one manually, see "How to create an MLA or APA in-text citation or Chicago style footnote."