Noodle Tools is the preferred tool at Andover for organizing your research, from collecting sources and compiling notes to creating a bibliography.
1. Sign up for Noodle Tools: go to https://my.noodletools.com/logon/signin and click "Register." If you have an account from an old school, you'll need to create a new one at PA.
Note: If you are having trouble registering as an individual, make sure you are logged in to PA wireless! If you're off-campus, it's easiest to wait until you're back to sign up.
2. Create a New Project and give it a descriptive name. Choose your citation style (Chicago) and citation level (Advanced)
3. Add a citation by clicking on New Source in the top right corner when you're in your project. Choose what kind of citation you'll be making, and put the information in the boxes. Note that you won't be able to fill out ALL the boxes, just the ones you have information for! Once you know how to put the information in yourself, you can often export citations to Noodle Tools from databases or websites, or you can copy and paste.
4. Add notecards for each source so you can keep track of your research notes and develop ideas!
Taking good notes is an important part of your research process. In order to create your project, it's helpful to find some sources that give you an overview, and others that give you an in-depth look, at your topic. Noodle Tools allows you to easily take notes on each source and organize your research.
First, ask yourself, "what am I writing about?"
Example: If I was interested in writing about rituals in Mayan civilization, a very simple thesis might be: "Mayans had many rituals to pay tribute to their Gods."
Your paper would be about the rituals, showing what you have learned about them.
A more advanced thesis (if your assignment calls for you to make an argument) might be: "Mayan rituals created a social hierarchy that was detrimental to less privileged citizens."
Your paper would be arguing that Mayan social hierarchy was influenced by rituals, and who was influenced most.
For primary sources that you view online, Noodle Tools sometimes doesn't give you the options you need to cite them correctly. In that case, once you've input most of the information, you will want to:
A) View the citation from the website/database to compare it to the one Noodle Tools has produced. Make changes accordingly.
B) View the correct citation format in the Chicago Manual of Style and make changes manually.