Teacher Review for EasyBib

Visual guides and resources are excellent for teaching while citation generator is just flawed enough to force kids to work/think.

Tara W.
Media specialist/librarian
Golden Valley High School
Merced, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I teach students how to use Easybib after I have taught the concept of the Works Cited page/bibliography. I have found that I have to explicitly teach students the limitations of Easybib so that they can use it correctly. I will search for articles that do not auto-populate the fields correctly for practice with students. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. This means that I show kids where to look for information on online resources: publisher, date published, etc. I have also used Easybib's resources on how to teach website credibility. I find their guides extremely helpful for students. I particularly like how they use screenshots of webpages and annotated elements that indicate credibility. (In typing this, I realize that I can ask students to use a Chrome extension like Awesome Screenshot to do something similar with webpages that I assign!) I also love how students can log in with their Google accounts to save their entries.
My Take
Even though my students might be frustrated when Easybib doesn't grab the author name or grabs the wrong words for the author name, I think this is amazing because students need to double-check the work. They need to be able to identify the author and check on the author's credentials. They need to be able to find a publisher so they can determine whether the publisher is a credible one. They need to find the date of publication so they can evaluate the currency of the source. I love how Easybib does the work with the punctuation. I don't want my students to worry about that. I want them to wrestle with issues of credibility and the content in the sources. I love Easybib's visual guides, but I wish they had screencast type videos to help students.