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NoodleTools How-to Guide: Work with Projects

Tutorials that show you how to create a personal ID, work with projects, create citations, and do other tasks in NoodleTools

NoodleTools in 60 Seconds: Creating a Project

How to Create a New Project

Step 1.

On the Projects screen, click the green New Project button in the upper-right corner. The "Create a New Project" panel opens.

How to create a new project

 

Step 2.

 

Project Title

Enter a brief description that will help you remember the contents or purpose of this project when you see it later among other projects in your account.

 

Citation Style

Select the citation style you will use for this project. WSA Middle School should choose MLA. Upper School can choose MLA or Chicago. You will be able to change the style later if you need to, but it is always best to start with the citation style your teacher wants you to use. 

 

Citation Level

Select the level for your project. As a general guide, WSA recommends:

  • Starter: middle School ESL learners
  • Junior: Middle School (6th and 7th grades) or Upper School ESL learners
  • Advanced: Middle School (8th grade) and Upper School

Step 3.

Click Submit. Your new project appears at the top on the Projects screen. Clicking on the project title will bring you to the Sources screen where you can start adding your source citations.

See video below for a quick demonstration on how to create a new project in NoodleTools: 

How to Copy a Project

Step 1.

On the Projects screen, click the "More options" icon button (three dots) next to the project and select "Copy."

How to Copy a Project, Step 1

To copy more than one project at a time, click the checkboxes to the left of each project you wish to copy. The checkboxes will appear when you mouse-over the small dark-gray rectangle to the left of a project title (or long-press the row on an iPad). A "Projects selected" bar appears at the top. Click "Copy."

Step 2.

In the "Copy projects" window, select "my own personal folder" if you want to duplicate the project in your own account, or select "another user’s folder" and enter a personal ID to transfer a copy of the project to another user.

How to copy a project, Step 2

Step 3.

Click Submit. If there are multiple users with the same personal ID, you may be prompted to identify the school or account type of the user before the transfer completes.

Hint

If you have work under two separate NoodleTools accounts (for example, one free MLA Lite account and one account under a school’s subscription), copying projects allows you to gather all your work into a single account. Note: Only MLA Advanced level projects can be copied to a user’s free NoodleTools MLA Lite account.

How to Change the Title of a Project

Step 1.

On the Projects screen, next to the project you want to rename, click the "More options" icon (three dots) and select "Rename." 

How to Change the Title of a Project

Step 2.

Enter a new title in the field and press Enter (or click outside the edit area).

How to Merge Two or More Projects

Overview

This feature allows you to combine two or more projects that you have created into a single project. The original projects you select to combine will remain in your account. The new merged project will be added to your account, identified by the description you provide.

Step 1.

On the Projects screen, click the checkboxes to the left of each project you wish to merge. The checkboxes will appear when you mouse-over the small dark-gray rectangle to the left of a project title (or long-press the row on an iPad). A "Projects selected" bar appears at the top. Click "Merge." All projects must be the same citation style. 

How to merge two or more projects

Step 2.

 

Enter a new title in the "Project title" field and identify whether you want NoodleTools to remove duplicate citations in the merged project, and/or include notecards from the original projects in the merged project.  

If you want to include an outline in the merged project, select which project's outline to include.

Step 3.

Click Submit. The new merged project appears at the top of your Projects screen.

How to View the 30-Day History of a Project

Overview

The 30-day log provides time-stamped details about each item in your project that has been recently created, edited or deleted.

Step 1.

On the Projects screen, click the date in the "Updated" column. A panel opens displaying a detailed 30-day history of the project, with the most recent events at the top.

How to view the 30-day history of a project, Figure 1

Hint

To search for a particular citation or notecard, use the browser's search on the terms "citation" or "notecard." This will allow you to browse through all actions related to notecards or citations. You'll notice that work added to the project is highlighted in green and work deleted from the project is highlighted in red.

How to view the 30-day history of a project, Figure 2

How to Restore an Accidentally-Deleted Project

Overview

When deleted, projects are moved into a recycle bin (not trashed permanently), so no matter what happens you can be assured that your hard work is not lost!

Step 1.

On the Projects screen, click the "More options" icon button (three dots) and select "Undelete."

How to restore an accidentally-deleted project

Step 2.

In the "Restore deleted projects" window, check the box next to the project you want to restore. Click the Undelete button.

Restore deleted projects

Step 3.

The restored project appears on your Projects screen.

Note about collaborative projects: When you delete a collaborative project, your access to that project is removed but the project will remain accessible to the other students. The project will not be in your recycle bin -- instead of "undeleting" it, you will need to ask your classmate to re-add you as a collaborator on that project.

How to Use the School Year Filter to View Relevant Projects

Overview

By default, the Projects screen displays projects last edited in the current school year (using July 1st as the cut-off date). This keeps the view clean, displaying only the active projects you care about.

Note: This school-year filtering replaces the old mechanism of manually "archiving" older projects.

Instructions

At the top of the Projects screen, in the dropdown filter displaying the current school year, select a different school year. Projects last edited during that school year are displayed.

How to use the school year filter, figure 1

The Projects screen is paginated, so if you have more than 20 projects associated with a particular school year, use the page numbers at the bottom-right to navigate through them as needed.

How to use the school year filter, figure 2

Note: If you have a project associated with a previous school year, opening it and saving a change will automatically move it into the current school year view, for easy access after that.

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