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Give credit where credit is due: cite your sources. Citing or documenting the sources used in your research serves two purposes: (1) it gives proper credit to the authors of the materials you used, and (2) it allows those who are reading your work to duplicate your research and locate the sources that you have listed as references.
Knowingly representing the work of others as your own is plagiarism. See Texas Lutheran University's discussion of "Academic Honesty & Plagiarism" (Student Handbook, p. 6).
Use a standard bibliographic citation style approved by your professor (such as MLA, APA, or Chicago-Turabian).
NoodleTools is a web-based program that allows you to collect, manage, and organize bibliographic references by either typing or copying and pasting information from databases. NoodleTools allows you to create notes and bibliographies in either the MLA (Modern Language Association), APA (American Psychological Association), or Chicago styles. You will need to create your own ID and password the first time you use NoodleTools.
To set up an account
- Go to NoodleTools page. You should be automatically authenticated into the TLU subscription. If you are not, go to the Library Resources page, click the "Bibliographic Citations Styles" link, then click NoodleTools.
- To create your personal ID and password, click “choose a Personal ID.”
- Click on the “I am a student” button.
- Type in the personal ID you would like to have and then click “Check availability.”
- When you type in a name that is available, you will get a GREEN message saying that it is available.
- The next time you go to NoodleTools, you will type in your Personal ID and password.
To add a collaborator to a project
- From your project's Dashboard screen, look under Sharing and Collaboration to find the Student Collaboration section. Click on "Add/remove students."
- On the Collaboration Setup screen, type in the Personal ID of the student that you wish to add as a collaborator. (The Personal ID is the username the student chose when setting up a NoodleTools account.)
- Check the box that says "Full Collaborator."
- Click the Save button to save your changes, then click the Back to Project button to return to the project dashboard.
- The sources, notecards, and outline of a project are always accessible to all members of a collaborative project.
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