Teacher Review For EasyBib

Easy to Use Citation Creator

Katie L.
Media specialist/librarian
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Student-driven work
Great with General
How I Use It
I most recently used Easy Bib with a 7th grade Language Arts class that was completing a research paper. Before turning students loose on Easy Bib I walked them through changing the source, what to enter to generate a citation and how to copy and paste citations into a Microsoft Word bibliography. We do not have the paid version of Easy Bib, we only use the free version, so it tends to get used mostly for MLA citations. The trouble with Easy Bib is that students often ignore all of the boxes that don't get automatically filled in. I find that many of my students do not want to dig to try to find a website's author etc. Unfortunately this often leaves teachers with incomplete citations throughout the bibliography. I think it's important to take the time to talk about the importance of citing sources and filling in as many fields as possible when creating a citation in the program. Ultimately all of the 7th graders were able to create complete bibliographies, though some citations were still missing key details.
My Take
The days of teaching citations and bibliographies from a textbook seem to be over, at least at my school. I think Easy Bib is a nice way to convince students to create a bibliography and the process is less tedious than it would be to do the citation by hand with a book in front of you. I do wish that Easy Bib had all citation styles available for free... when I teach my 8th grade science students APA citations next month we will use a different, free program. Ultimately I think Easy Bib is a useful tool, as long as teachers take the time to discuss the importance of full citations and how to get the citations out of the program.