This past week I worked with our freshman class to show them how to use EasyBib. The majority of them have used EasyBib before to create their bibliography, but I recently purchased a subscription to EasyBib for the school that allows students to not only cite their sources and create a bibliography but also create notecards, an outline and link their paper, presentation or spreadsheet to their Google account.
Since I don’t have regular classes, new resources are hard to get “out there.” It takes a lot of work to publicize them and the best way I have found in doing this is joining department meetings. Just the other week I met with the English Department to present some of our new resources that are available in the library, one of which was EasyBib. All the teachers were excited about it and our freshman teachers immediately booked the library for me to show their students how to use this new resource. It couldn’t have been timed more perfectly as they were just about to start a research project.
The teachers were hoping that creating notecards online and allowing them to manipulate the notecards and outline, which in the past students found tedious, would get them more engaged. It was great to see this happen!
Since this was the first time teaching and using EasyBib using these features there was some trial and error, but I always find it empowering for students to discover things that I haven’t. EasyBib has the option to share “projects” which would have been perfect for this group research project, but we discovered that the notecards were “read only” for sharing, which was a bummer. They were really excited to be able to do this, so I hope that EasyBib has this in development. One student mentioned that they would like to be able to resize the notecards, which I think would be a great feature.
EasyBib also has a great smartphone app for both Android and iPhones that allows you to scan the book barcode to create a source citation.
Overall a very successful project for the students!