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‘An app a day’ – Day 2 – EasyBib

An app a day – Day 2: EasyBib

 app easybib

Cost: Free

Suggested user group: Students

About the app: EasyBib is a citation generator that generates citations in MLA, APA and Chicago style formats. One great feature is that users can scan the ISBN barcode on books to automatically generate a citation.

You can read a short review of the app, along with some basic instructions on using it, written by a graduate student in the United States here: http://libweb1.lib.buffalo.edu/blog/students/?p=4324

And here is an introductory video created by the developers (iPhone version but still the same for iPad): http://youtu.be/a0FjFLi6Wj8

What to do now:

  • Download the appropriate app for your device from the links below (If you are reading this post on your device, tapping the link will redirect you to the Apple App Store/Google Play Store)
  • Open the app (and sign up if required)
  • Spend a bit of time today experimenting with the app to get used to how it works

Apple app: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/easybib/id436768184?mt=8

Android app: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.easybib.easybibandroid&hl=en

What to do later today:

Now that you have had experiences with the app, it is time to share your thoughts and ideas with your colleagues about how the app can be useful to teachers and/or students. Feel free to express your opinions by clicking on ‘LEAVE A COMMENT’ at the bottom of this post and filling in the required fields in the pop up box. Please note: posting comments allows you to claim participation towards your PD hours.

The following are some suggested comment starters but feel free to discuss anything you feel is relevant:

  • How could you use this app to assist yourself in your personal work duties?
  • How could you use this app with students?
  • If you are already using this app, how have you been using it yourself/with students?
  • Do you have any alternative apps that fulfil the same purpose that you would recommend? Is one app preferable to use?
  • What are your general thoughts about the usability of this app?

Hope you all enjoy experimenting with this app today and we look forward to reading your comments!

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12 comments on “‘An app a day’ – Day 2 – EasyBib

  1. Anna A
    May 2, 2013

    This app is very helpful for referencing, the ISBN scan option in particular. Being able to email the references from your list is also good. One thing I did to shorten the process of inserting the references into a document was to select ‘email citations’ then when the draft email appeared, I selected the citations in the body of the email, then copied and pasted them into a pages document that I was using for a report. It just meant that I didn’t have to wait for the email to come through and then copy it.

    Does anyone know of any free Harvard reference apps? I have searched but couldn’t find any that were free. My school uses Harvard so it would be helpful, but perhaps it is time for us to change and try a different format.

  2. Edith Fullalove
    May 2, 2013

    What a great little app. As Anna mentioned being able to have the app use Harvard style would be good. We also use it.

  3. Noeleen
    May 2, 2013

    I have used this for quite a while (for my own use), but unfortunately we too use Harvard as our bibliographic style. We have purchased software for our students to use to create their bibs but it is a little clunky when compared with this app. The paid version is even better – evaluates quality of resources and websites used too.

    Would be great to have a Harvard version…or perhaps we too will have to change.

  4. Kate Love
    May 2, 2013

    While experimenting with this app, I was impressed by the speed at which the barcode was translated into a reference. This was the case for fiction and non-fiction books.
    After selecting all references (via the Manage button in the top right corner of the screen) I was also amazed by how quickly the references could be changed into the three possible styles – MLA, APA and Chicago.
    Although I also could not find an app that would generate a bibliography in the Havard style, I hope that in the near future, someone invents an app with the same capabilities as the website CIte This For Me (http://www.citethisforme.com/ ).

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  7. Sharon
    May 5, 2013

    Wow what a quick and useful app for referencing. Great having the option to search a title or scan the ISBN. Surprised how it was still able to locate older and more obscure titles/ISBNs. Agree it would be great if it could reference Harvard style too!!

    I found a free Harvard referencing website (no account required) http://www.harvardgenerator.com/ which worked well, however you need to type in your ISBN – no scan option.

    Can’t beat the simplicity of the App though!!

  8. Sharon Furlong
    May 5, 2013

    Hi I have tried a couple of times to leave a comment on this post but nothing is showing. I understand that there is a moderator however comments I left on day 1 and day 3 are showing. Just thought I would let you know in case there is a glitch on Day 2 posting?? Regards

    Sharon Furlong Sent from my iPad

    • aliaschools
      May 5, 2013

      Hi Sharon, thanks for letting us know about the issue you had with posting a comment for Day 2. I have just discovered that your post had been sent to the spam folder. I have fixed it so your comment should now appear. :)

  9. Debbie van der Meer
    May 5, 2013

    This is a great app for students from primary to university students. This app makes it so easy to acquire a citation. I think this app is a must be for any student.

  10. Meg Moores
    May 6, 2013

    Very easy to use. As our secondary school students are allowed to use their phones and always have them with them it is a great tool to show them. The manual search for the title “Catcher in the rye” showed just why the scanner is so great, 8 versions of catcher but with the scanner, your edition is the one displayed. At school we are showing all the students how easy it is to create your bibliography by using the tool within Word. This will be a great tool to add to the students collection.

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