A Scholarly Gift

If you have a smart phone, I’ve run across the perfect apps for any student.  They are bibliographic citation makers, just like many of you already use online.

My favorite is Easy Bib, used my many of our programs here are Berkeley High.  Unfortunately, it’s only available for the iPhone at the present time, but it is amazing.  It has a built in barcode scanner that lets you skip typing in the title or ISBN.  Best of all, it’s FREE!.  Here’s a description for the App Store:

“Create accurate MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or by typing the name of a book. Build and manage your works cited. Once done, email your citations and then export your citations to EasyBib.com’s popular bibliography management service.

Works best with iPhone 4.

Also works with iPad and iPod Touch, but camera on these devices requires that barcodes need to be held steady and at a proper distance for the scanner to pick up.”

If you have a regular smart phone, you’re still in luck.  For 99 cents, you can buy Quick Cite, which works similarly to Easy Bib.  The App Store description reads, “Snap a picture of a book’s barcode and send a citation for the book to your email. Choose from APA, MLA, Chicago, or IEEE styles.”

Recommendation:  If you have a choice, I would suggest Easy Bib.  It’s very similar to the online app many student already use, it has more powerful features (like making your entire bibliography for you), and will also share citations with its online version.

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