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FYS 207: Environmental Challenges in the Pacific Northwest: Reading, Writing and Citing



NoodleTools helps you write citations in MLA, APA, or Chicago format, and create annotated bibliographies. It also has tools to create notecards, draft an outline of your paper and keep track of "To Do" tasks. Citations can be exported directly to your Google Drive, or to Word or other formats.

How to Set-up and Use NoodleTools


Zotero (pronounced "zoh-TAIR-oh") is a Firefox addon that allows you to collect, manage, and cite sources.

Zotero will run on any operating system. It requires Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or greater. Installation only takes a few seconds. To install:

  1. Get ZoteroGo to and download Zotero.
  2. When you see the message “Firefox prevented this site from asking you to install software on your computer," click "Allow".
  3. Restart Firefox. You'll see a small Zotero button at the bottom of your Firefox window. If you don't see the button, look for Zotero in the Tools menu.
  4. If you plan on using Zotero on WOU computers, go to Tools > Add-ons and click on Zotero, then on the Preferences button that will appear. Set up the Sync function with your free Zotero account (if you didn't create one when you installed, go to and do it). Alternatley, you can change your Data Directory Location (under the advanced tab) to somewhere on your "H Drive" or a thumb drive. Details are availabe here.
  5. Download the ACS Nano style and you will be ready to go!

If you work mostly on a personal laptop or home computer, you'll probably also want to download and install the Microsoft Word citation plugin (or the OpenOffice plugin if you're using OpenOffice). These allow you to easily cite items from your Zotero library in your papers.

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Writing Center

The Writing Center is the only academic support unit on campus specifically designed to promote your development and success as a college writer. The consultant team is available to assist you in person and online with writing projects for any course and any level of instruction. The Writing Center also offers specialized assistance for multimodal compositions or new media projects like digital narratives, blogs, websites, slideware presentations, and even YouTube videos.

Writing Center

Visit the Writing Center website for current hours. Below are the hours writing tutors are in the library:

Hamersly Library, Room HL 116
7:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.
Walk-in sessions only: First come, first served