One of my Sixth Form students recently asked for a one-to-one session on twitter to help with his EPQ on quantum computing. He also wanted a system to help with the bibliography of his research project. I suggested EasyBib and requested he do a write-up of his experience. Here it is [with no edits by me]:
EasyBib is a free online bibliography tool, aiming to make the process of citing works simpler and easier. As a secondary school student conducting a research project, I have been daunted by the formality required and just how tedious and menial it is to cite works. There seems to be a myriad of structures and rules required before you can even make a single citation, and I found it took up huge chunks of my time that could be better utilised for researching.
EasyBib for me provides a way to sidestep this problem because it automatically forms the required structure of a citation according to the type of writing (journal, article, digital image etc) with you only needing to input the required data such as the author’s name. Furthermore, it is able to automatically capture some of the data once you have entered which site you want to cite.
Nevertheless it has several disadvantages, for example it will not capture any data from .pdf files found online, or images of articles. Furthermore it can often be confusing as to which type of writing you have found, for example is it an article, review or scholarly project? However this is a problem that is inherent within writing citations anyway. Moreover, the utility of being able to organise citations into groups, edit and annotate them and their structures effortlessly and then share this via cloud in Google Docs is incredible.
Many thanks Seb! 🙂