July 22, 2011

Weekend Website #53: EasyBib

Every Friday I’ll send you a wonderful website that my classes and my parents love. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of your students as they are of mine.

easy bib

Easy Bibliography tool for students


Age:

4th-12th

Topic:

Bibliographies, writing

Address:

Easy Bib

Review:

I got this recommendation for a student, so that tells you a lot about the site right there. this website helps you come up with the right citation for any source you use in a paper. You know how complicated that is now, with websites and online libraries. I no longer have to wonder if I’m giving the right advice. I simply empower them to be problem solvers and send them to this website.

It’s simple:

  • type the words you wish to cite into the field
  • select whether your source is a book, journal, newspaper, website or one of 58 other options
  • it provides options for sources out of its database of 323,605,547 sources
  • you pick the one that fits

It has a log-in option that provides the ability to store multiple lists, share projects, and more. That’s good for older students. My 4th and 5th graders already have so many log-ins, I’ll probably suggest they create the account at home if it appeals to them.

And, there’s an app for your iPhone. I’m in heaven.

My only complaint is the amount of advertising on the site. It appears in the banner at the top, on the right sidebar, and spotted throughout. For students, this is distracting. I understand they have to pay the bills, so I use the opportunity to explain websites to students and how they must ignore the adverts.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, an ISTE article reviewer, an IMS tech expert and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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