Lesson Plan Idea for Research with the EasyBib Mobile App

Introduction

EasyBib has a great mobile app for iOS and Android devices that allows users to cite and save on the go. All you do is scan a book’s barcode and your citation is automatically created. You can do other useful things, like search manually, switch between citation styles, and email your citations to yourself. This lesson plan is designed to introduce the app to students and get them excited about the citation process.

Objective

Teach the importance of citations in a fun an engaging way. Learn the importance of citations and acquire the skills to create them.

Materials

  • Mobile device
  • EasyBib App
  • Books

Procedure

  1. Explain the general concept of a bibliography
  2. Have students download the EasyBib mobile app on their iOS or Android devices
  3. Choose 5-20 books the students should cite
  4. Have them work individually or break up in teams
  5. Have them cite three books within 5-10 minutes with the app
  6. Show them they can cite by searching a source
  7. When they report back, explain to them the importance of citations and why we create them. Explain the best practices of citing while finding sources. Explain MLA, APA, and Chicago style by having them switch styles on the app
  8. Use your citation guides to teach them where bibliographic data is found and how citations are structured

 

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