Teacher Review For EasyBib

Research tool that packages notes, outline, and bibliography with easy access.

Jennifer W.
Media specialist/librarian
Calistoga Junior/Senior High School
Calistoga, CA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Arts
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Homework
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
Our school has a school-wide subscription. The reason I checked no in the "Do students like the product" box was because kids don't don't like doing research, but they do admit that it saves them the time and frustration of building a bibliography. It's not really EasyBib they don't like. They just don't like having to do the task. We use it extensively at the high school level for finding credible sources and for creating works cited pages that are required for research projects. The suggested sources that are reviewed as credible are somewhat of a joke, and Wikipedia comes up continually in the searches. Also, the online databases that are provided are not supported by every school district. The reason I continue to use the product is because of the ease of creating and saving notes, bibliographies, and outlines. It's a one-stop resource and it's efficient and easy to access. I'm hoping that as my students become more accustomed to the research process they'll realize the value of this product. It's a great tool to have school-wide because it builds consistency across the curriculum and grade levels in performing research.
My Take
As a teaching tool, the product is really good. I like the way students can have access to their notes and their bibliography and how everything is organized in a package for each project they create. I don't like some of the suggested resources. Also, kids who are not adept at searching have a hard time finding a good website. They have to be pretty selective of the search terms they're using, or they won't find the right source. The company is excellent to do business with and they are very accommodating and helpful. I'm in the process of looking into ResearchReady to help teach kids essential research strategies.