NoodleTools – a free alternative

Create a spot-on reference in APA, MLA, Chicago, Harvard, and other styles

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What is NoodleTools?

NoodleTools is an educational platform and software designed for students to organise their research process. One of the core features of NoodleTools is the NoodleTools Express citation generator.

What are the pros and cons of Noodle Tools?


  • The website produces bibliographic references in several popular citation styles and is used by some universities.


  • NoodleTools Express offers only three citation styles: APA, MLA, and Chicago.
  • The interface is outdated and unfriendly, you might need much time to get accustomed.
  • You can add only one reference without a paid subscription in Noodle Tools Express. Each new bibliographic reference will delete the previous one.
  • The site can be extremely slow, it can take ages to save a source.
  • You have to enter all the data manually, without the opportunity to retrieve any metadata from scholarly databases, which means huge time expenditures.
  • The in-text citations are only available in pop-up windows, and you need to apply extra effort to see them.
  • Your bibliography is not formatted according to the requirements of the chosen citation style.
  • Your data is lost once you close the site in the free version.

How is Grafiati better than NoodleTools?

There a multitude of differences between Grafiati and NoodleTools: from our approach to references and citations to the way we work with the user interface, ensuring maximum comfort for online referencing.

Here are some highlights of the advantages of Grafiati for a researcher or a student:

  • We are a freemium service, but even using our service absolutely for free, you can get outstanding results. You can add multiple references, and you data will not be lost once you close the browser tab.
  • We have multiple citation styles, each developed with the application of our unique algorithms and allowing you to generate top-quality references and in-text citations.
  • Your bibliography will always be ordered and formatted in line with the requirements of the chosen citation style guide.
  • We offer the best user experience, regardless of the type of device you use for our website.
  • All the information can be accessed explicitly and at once from our homepage: bibliographic references, in-text citations, footnotes, etc.: no need to apply any extra effort to get everything you need.
  • We connect with multiple scholarly databases, which allows citing millions of sources in just one click.
  • We offer many other tools to simplify your bibliographic works and push your results to the next level.

How to use the bibliographic management service Grafiati?

You do not need to have any special knowledge. Visit our homepage and simply start adding references: our interface will guide you throughout the process and will help you make all the right actions to compile a perfect bibliography.

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