Q. How can I use a book ISBN to do an instant reference in NoodleTools?


In some cases, entering the ISBN for a book into NoodleTools will automatically generate a reference by auto-filling all of the boxes in the NoodleTools form if a record is available in WorldCat.

In the Book reference creation area of NoodleTools, use the Import: ISBN function and type in the 10 or 13 digit ISBN number from your book. Normally the ISBN is on the back of the book and listed above the book's barcode, or listed on one of the first few pages of the book. You will find it in the same place for physical and eBooks.

See screenshots below for how-to use the ISBN.

Note: ISBNs for textbooks do not always work in NoodleTools.

Book ISBN example:

ISBN bar code and 13-digit number associated with a specific book.

ISBN section in NoodleTools (Book):

Area in Noodletools where ISBN 13-digit number is entered to generate an automatic reference for a book, outlined in red.

Type the ISBN number into the textbox and click the Search button.

Search Results with Import Selected Source button:

Window that appears in Noodletools when a book has been located in WorldCat and can be used to generate an APA reference automatically.

Click on the title to highlight the item, then click on "Import Selected Source."

The bibliographic information will be inserted into the NoodleTools form:

NoodleTools form with WorldCat information automatically imported into the bibliographic fields. .

Click Continue at the bottom of the form and the information will be imported to the NoodleTools form.  Be sure to double check all fields and make corrections as needed.

Import Correction Area (fix mistakes!):

  • Commonly noted mistakes to be aware of: Capitalization of titles, missing state abbreviations or periods between letters of state abbreviation, and first edition in the edition area.

Once corrections have been made, click SAVE ion the upper right of the page.

  • Last Updated Jun 29, 2020
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  • Answered By Suzanne Schriefer, Education & General Education Librarian

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