Lesson Plan Idea for Research with the EasyBib Mobile App


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.


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


  • Mobile device
  • EasyBib App
  • Books


  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



  1. Elizabeth Fernandez
    Posted September 26, 2012 at 9:24 am | Permalink | Reply

    Is there a way to send the citations created on your mobile device to a specific project in EasyBib?

    • Posted September 27, 2012 at 11:39 am | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Elizabeth, right now app users can email the bibliography to their inbox, then import the citations to EasyBib. Users cannot specify which project to send to from the app yet, but they can always move the citations from one bibliography to another through the site.

  2. Kim Donius
    Posted September 26, 2012 at 10:43 am | Permalink | Reply

    is easy bib availabale for ipads yet?

    • Posted September 27, 2012 at 11:37 am | Permalink | Reply

      Hi Kim, the EasyBib app is available for all iOS devices, so you can scan and create bibliographies with our app via iPad. Additionally, the EasyBib website is iPad-friendly, too. Hope this helps.

  3. Vicki
    Posted September 29, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I thought this was great! However, I had problems trying to scan a barcode. Is there a site that would provide more help?

  4. Posted October 1, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Why isnt easy bib giving me my citation when i click create citation?

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