Answered By: Lora Cowell
Last Updated: May 06, 2016     Views: 11

MGHS subscribes to NoodleTools because it has an excellent reputation for accuracy.  What's more, it teaches proper citation and positive research habits as you work with it.  

That said, some students complain that it's a bit clunky.  Biggest complaint?  The forms.  We decided to do a comparison of citation generators (view it here). Below are a few points we think are worth considering:

  • All citation generators require form input for accurate citation.  Features that allow you to scan barcodes or enter URLS depend on computer algorithms that depend on accurate meta-data being embedded in the files.  Bottomline:  Garbage in - Garbage out.  You'll need to use the forms in any citation generate to provide accurate information to your reader.
  • Citation generators don't always stay up-to-date in the style they use.  Currently, MLA is on version 8, which has made significant modifications in order to simplify citations in an environment of the ever expanding means of accessing information.  Many generators are based on MLA 7 or even earlier versions.  NoodleTools is up-to-date.
  • Choosing a citation generator should be based on your task.  Are you making a quick list to verify your sources for a teacher, or will your reader (perhaps your teacher) need to access the sources themselves (even in the future).  Accuracy is important to
  1. establish your credibility as an author
  2. assist your reader in locating information easily.

BTW:  There are some citation generators that regularly make sub-standard citations, including CiteFast, Citation Machine, and Google's Research Tools.  Avoid these!

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