Thursday, January 5, 2012

EasyBib Comes to Android Devices

Last May the popular bibliography creation tool EasyBib launched a free iPad and iPhone app for students. This week EasyBib launched an equivalent app for Android devices.

The EasyBib Android app performs the same great functions as the EasyBib iOS app. One of those excellent features is scanning a book's or magazine's ISBN barcode to record the information necessary to create a proper citation. Users can add citations on the app and email those citations to themselves from the app. Just as if you were using the EasyBib website to create properly formatted citations, the app will generate MLA format citations for free. If you want to generate citations in APA or Chicago style you will have to pay for a subscription to the service.

The video below is an overview of the iOS app, but the Android app offers the same functions.



Applications for Education
I like the promise of the barcode scanning aspect of the app. If it works as promised, it could be a great tool for students to use to make sure they've gotten all the information they need about a they've borrowed from a library before returning it.

The EasyBib website offers some good writing guides for students and Google Apps integration. You can read my post about those services here.