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Grade 7- Challenge List: Citation Sources

MLA 8 Style

Why we CITE resources?

  • To demonstrate you have done research in order to make credible arguments.​
  • Giving credit to the original source and acknowledging the work of researchers.​
  • A guide for the reader to find more information about the research topic.​
  • Avoid plagiarism by quoting, paraphrasing, or using data that is not common knowledge.

What does MLA 8 style include?

Here are the specific details you need to find on the page: page or article author, page or article title, website name, published date, access date, page URL (web address).

  • The author can typically be found on the page, but if there isn’t one listed you can use the website name in its place.
  • The page title can be found near the top of the page, and you can also find it by hovering your mouse over the browser tab.
  • The website name can usually be found in the web address or by looking for a logo or similar at the very top of the page.
  • There often isn’t a publish date, but if there is it’ll be very close to the page title.
  • The access date is the date you took information from the article (usually today).
  • The page URL can be copied straight from the address bar of your browser and will start with either http:// or https://.

Then use this template:


The final formatted citation should look like this:

Ingle, Sean. “Winter Olympics Was Hit by Cyber-Attack, Officials Confirm.” The Guardian, 11 Feb. 2018, Accessed 13 July 2018. Tutorial is a FREE citation tool! You can sign up with a School Gmail Account at  It does the following and more:

  • There is a Google Chrome extension for your browser that will cite any page you are on at the time
  • Provides the ability to create citations quickly and accurately
  • Provides the ability to manually create a citation as well as edit a citation they created (NOTE: Also review the citation for accuracy)
  • It will also provide the example of the IN-TEXT citation method
  • Allows you to create a Project which will hold all of your resources for a single project in a single location
  • Creates your WORKS CITED page in Google Doc format or export for other doc types
  • It is free!  No distracting ads

NoodleTools Instruction/Support


How to start a new project and a source list


1. On the Projects screen, click New project.



2. On the Create a New Project screen that pops up, enter a name for your project and select the appropriate citation style and level. Click SubmitNOTE: Once you create a project, you will be able to switch seamlessly between styles and levels. So what you set up now can be changed later with one click.



3. The Dashboard screen appears. The Dashboard organizes your work environment for effective research. You can see assignments, create to-do lists, submit work, and act on feedback from teachers in an organized way, and all in one place.


4. To begin citing sources, click Sources in the navigation bar at the top.


5. On the Sources screen, click New Source and select the best match for your source from the choices given. The selections under "What is it" is dependent on what you select for "Where is it?"


6. On the next screen, depending on the citation type selected, a Show Me tutorial may be available to help you evaluate the source. The lessons are differentiated based on which level you are in: Starter, Junior, or Advanced. Below is an example of a slide from the Show Me tutorial for Website, Junior level.



7. Click Continue to go to the next screen.

8. Fill in the citation form with information about your source. If your source is a book, you can locate the book in WorldCat (via an ISBN number or title/author search) and it will automatically fill in the form with the book's details, checked and revised for accuracy by NoodleTools.



9. After you finish entering information about your source, click Submit to save your new citation.

How to create notecards

1. Click Notecards in the navigation bar at top.

2. On the Notecard Tabletop, click New.

3. Input notes about your source.
4. Your notecard gets saved automatically as you add information. When you are done, clickSave and Close to save your final changes and close the window. New notecards appear in the upper left corner of your tabletop and in the bird's eye view.


TIP: Once you've created multiple notecards, you can pile them. Drag a notecard and drop it on another notecard to create a new pile, or use the Manage pile option above the tabletop to manage existing and create new piles with selected notecards. Notecard piles become the basis of organization within the Outline panel next to the Notecard Tabletop.

The right panel of the Notecards screen is reserved for your outline. The outline panel can be minimized if you aren’t using or working on an outline and you would like additional space to manipulate your notecards on the tabletop. Click the small arrow button in the top-right corner to minimize the panel or to show it again.



Alternatively, if you need more space for the outline, there is a gray “handle” between the tabletop and outline panels that can be dragged left and right to devote more or less horizontal space to the outline. This can be useful if you are writing longer phrases as your outline topic titles, rather than just keywords. 


This article covers the following topics: 

  1. How to create items in the outline

  2. How to reorder outline topics

  3. How to delete a topic from the outline

  4. How to link notecards to topics in the outline

  5. How to export or print the outline


1. How to create items in the outline

When you begin a new outline, you’ll find a sample topic and subtopic already in place.



You can delete these default items if you wish. Or, to edit these existing items, simply double-click or right-click on the title (Topic or Subtopic) in the outline, (or on an iPad, long-press the title and select the option to edit the title from the menu). 



The edit button can be used also to modify the topic name. Select the topic first then click the edit button. 



When you finish editing, either press "Enter" or click outside of the edit box to save the changes.


As you are creating your outline, you will be creating both “siblings” and “children” of existing outline items. Siblings of item “A” would be “B”, “C, “D”, etc. – they are at the same indentation level and are subtopics of the same “parent” topic in the outline. Children of item “A” would be “1”, “2”, “3”, “4”, etc. – they are subtopics of item “A”, indented right.


How to add a new topic or subtopic to the outline


To add a subtopic under an existing topic (e.g., add subtopic “1” under topic “A”), select the topic and then do one of the following:

  1. Click the green button with the "+" label.

  2. Right-click (or long-press on an iPad) on the topic and select Add subtopic (child) from the menu.

  3. Click the down arrow on the green button and select Add subtopic (child).



To add a topic at the same level as an existing topic (e.g., add topic “B” under topic “A”), select the existing topic and do one of the following:

  1. Press “Enter" or "Return" (this is a keyboard shortcut).

  2. Right-click (or long-press on an iPad) on the topic and select Add topic (sibling) from the menu.

  3. Click the down arrow on the green button and select 

  4. Add topic (sibling).



2. How to reorder outline topics


Any topic (along with its subtopics) can be dragged to another location in the outline. You can either drag the topic with your mouse or use the arrows at the top. 


Try the following ways to move a topic:

  1. Drag a topic onto another topic to make the first a subtopic of the second.

  2. Drag a topic and release it below an existing topic (you will see a blue line representing where the topic is about to be dropped). The first topic will become a sibling topic to the second. You can use this method to reorder subtopics under a single parent topic.

  3. Use the arrows to move topics and subtopics down, up, forward, or back. If a topic or a subtopic cannot move, NoodleTools will let you know.



3. How to delete a topic from the outline


To remove a topic from the outline, select it and right-click Delete (long-press on an iPad) or click the trash can in the menu.


Deleting a topic in your outline will delete all of the subtopics under that topic, so please do this carefully!


4. How to link notecards to topics in the outline


A powerful feature of the outline in NoodleTools is that you can link notecards to topics in your outline. Later, you can begin writing a draft of your essay by exporting your outline and notecards to a word processing program. You can also print your outline with your notecards included (see “

How to export or print your outline” below ).



To begin, drag-and-drop a notecard from either the Notecard Tabletop view or the Notecard Detail view (using the drag handle in the upper-right corner of a view-selected notecard) onto a topic in your outline. The Detail view is below: 



If you want to move an entire notecard pile into an outline topic, you can also do that from the Notecard Tabletop view. Dragging a notecard pile into the outline will add all of the notecards within that pile to the topic in your outline.


Moving a notecard into your outline does not remove it from the Tabletop or Detail views; it only associates the notecard with the topic in the outline. To distinguish notecards from topics and subtopics, notecards are represented by a small notecard icon, as shown below:



On the Notecard Tabletop, notecards that are linked to at least one outline topic are marked with a checkmark in the upper left, as seen below:



Once a notecard is associated with an item in the outline, you can move it around in the outline by dragging it onto a different topic in the outline. Instead of making a copy of a notecard, notecards can be added to the outline more than once, placed under different topics. 


To remove it from the outline, drag the notecard out of the outline back onto the tabletop area (or select it and click Delete).


Double-clicking a notecard in the outline will open the notecard for editing.



5. How to export or print the outline



You can export and print your outline with or without notecards. NoodleTools supports the following options:

  1. Export as Web page: Export as an HTML web page that can be opened in a browser.

  2. Export to Google Docs: Export to a new Google Doc 

  3. Export to Word Online: Export to a new Word Online document (This option appears only if you are authenticated via Office 365.)

  4. Export to Word: Export as a .docx file that can be opened with Microsoft Word.

  5. Export to RTF: Export as a .rtf file that can be opened from Word or any other word processing program that supports RTF.

How to share a project with your teacher
1. On your project's Dashboard screen, under Sharing, click Share with a project inbox.


2. In the Project inbox field, enter the name of the inbox (as provided by your teacher). When the first letter of the inbox’s name is entered, a drop-down menu will appear and the name of the drop box can be selected.


3. Enter your name so that your teacher can identify you (if not clear from your username).
4. If you already linked a Google Doc to your project via Paper in the top navigation, you can check Share linked Google Doc.
5. Click Done.
6. On the Dashboard screen you will now see the inbox’s name under Project inbox.


7. On the Projects screen, you will see a checkmark in the Shared? column.

Examples - ISB

Works Cited: A Quick Guide

Gathering information about your sources:

  • Who is the author of the source?
  • What is the title of the source?
  • How was the source published?
  • Where did you find the source?
  • When was the source published?

MLA Handbook. 8th ed., New York, Modern Language Association of America, 2016.

Example - Media

Formatting MLA 8 - Works Cited Page

International School Bangkok Main Library 39/7 Soi Nichada Thani, Soi Samakee Pakkret, Nonthaburi, Bangkok, Thailand 11120