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As some of you know, EasyBib has been on Google Apps Marketplace for some time now. If this is new news for you, here are some benefits of downloading the app:
You asked for it, we made it a reality! Our new feature, project folders, allows teachers and students to organize individual and shared projects. Teachers can organize folders based on classes and students can easily drag and drop their project into the appropriate folder. A folder can be made private, which can only be seen by the user, or public which will . Students can see which folders are public by looking at the symbol next to the folder name.
To share a project with someone, simply click the “Share” button and type in the email address of the recipient. You’ll be able to select the permissions for those viewing your project, and add it to a public or private folder.
Using project folders can help:
Check out this video on how to use the new project folders feature:Read More
We know how much you all love EasyBib—it turns out Gale likes us too! That’s why we’d like to announce a new citation feature on the Gale databases that allow you to directly cite something to EasyBib from Gale’s website.
Gale, owned by Cengage Learning, is one of the most respected collection of databases, especially regarding the fields of religion, history, and social science. Among the more well known databases owned by Gale are “InfoTrac”, a full text magazine and newspaper database, and the Gale Virtual Reference Library, which provides access to resources for multidisciplinary research. In order to use the citation features on Gale Databases, look for “Citation Tools” (it is toward the top of the page on GVRL and on the side on InfoTrac). From there you can choose your citation style and choose EasyBib for “Export to third party software.” Although you can only directly cite to MLA 7 or APA 6 from Gale, if you need MLA 6 or Chicago/Turabian, you can convert the citation in EasyBib.Read More
We’re excited to announce that Alexander Street Press has developed a new export to EasyBib feature! Alexander Street Press is a prominent database publisher in the humanities and social sciences, with a huge collection of letters, documentaries, newsreels, and music. When searching through the Alexander Street Press collection, you can click “Cite” to add the source to your list. Then, within the Alexander Street Press website, you can choose your citation format. You can either print your list, email your list, save your list as a PDF or to your clipboard, or export it to EasyBib. It only takes a few seconds for students to integrate these great resources into their own research papers.Read More
Lots of exciting things to discuss today! Have you checked out our citation or research guides yet? We’ve also put together some resources for educators. These guides have always been available for free (and are licensed under Creative Commons), but we’ve recently made an exciting upgrade. They’re now hosted on SkyDrive.
Cloud computing has been the latest “thing” for a while, but it’s not a fad — it’s a revolution. Usage in cloud computing is expected to increase 12-fold by 2015, and with more people using mobile technology as their primary access point for information, it’s not terribly surprising. If you or your students haven’t made the switch to cloud computing yet, now is the time.
SkyDrive works with Office Web Apps to enable you to create and edit real Office documents online in your browser, for free. If you have a group project, or want someone to help you revise a paper, you can even work together with others on your documents at the same time – either in the browser or in Office. It is similar to Google Drive, but I’ve found the functionality of Google Drive’s apps lackluster (has anyone else dealt with formatting problems, too?). When I build presentations for our webinars, I store them in the cloud, but I build them in PowerPoint. (I’ve fiddled with web-based presentation platforms, too, but most webinar providers I’ve used favor PowerPoint files).
Working together online is great for teachers and students, especially for group projects. For those of you working on Common Core implementation, taking advantage of this feature enables students to use the Internet to interact and work with others (one of the Common Core Anchor Standards for Writing).
Another bonus to SkyDrive is that you get 7GB of free storage to start, which is the largest available from the major free services (Google Drive offers 5GB, Dropbox 2GB). Upgrading to more space is significantly cheaper through SkyDrive, too… 10 bucks will get you an extra 20GB. (See how SkyDrive stacks up against competitors on price and other features here.) If you’re already an Office 365 user, the extra 20GB is included with the Office suite. You can also create a document in Office and save it directly to SkyDrive through the software.Read More
Great news this Wednesday for our School Edition Admin users: We’ve added a whole bunch of new features you’ve been asking for.
When you are logged in to your EasyBib account, click on the “School Admin” button. If you don’t have access to School Admin features, please contact your sales representative today.
From there, you’ll see all of the student accounts linked with your account.
If you select the “Actions” button next to a specific student account, you’ll see that we’ve added the option to “unlink account”. If you choose this you will no longer see that student’s account in your admin panel. This is helpful for students that have graduated and no longer need to be managed by you.
From here, if you click on “System Settings” near the top of your screen you will see a slew of new options. Here you can enable or disable features on your students’ EasyBib such as: Source Guides, Autocite, Website URL field, Turn It In, and EasyBib Research. Additionally, you can select the default citation style.