In the "old days," when we talked about plagiarism and documenting sources, we emphasize how copying something from a book or encyclopedia was wrong and why we needed to give credit to the authors. I still talk about those things, but now I'm talking about it in relation to web pages, online images, and video. The Internet age has changed the dynamics of how information is shared and used and also how people think about that sharing. In a graduate course I took this fall, we discussed digital citizenship and how we talk to students about intellectual property rights. So, I asked my kids, "How many of you download images from Google and use them in personal projects and school work? Do you ever think about who owns that image?" Most kids, of course, said they did it all the time and never thought about it. I asked if they were familiar with terms like "Creative Commons" or "copyright licenses." Again, big blank stares and the sound of crickets chirping in the background. So, teaching good digital citizenship skills became one of my goals this year and EasyBib was a great tool for helping kids keep track of their resources.
As a tool, EasyBib is very straight-forward and simple to use. Creating citations can be a rather tedious task, but if the website is introduced at the beginning of the project, students can create their citations on the fly, keeping track of sources as they go, and have nothing more to do at the end but download and use as needed. Very easy!