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Using EasyBib for Reference Management

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 12:03 pm

EasyBib is an online automatic citation and bibliography maker that specializes in MLA citation style. It is comparable to Zotero and EndNote Web, but instead of capturing citations directly from the page, EasyBib allows users to find their own sources and then search for them using EasyBib’s autocite feature. Users tend to choose it for its ease of use. After you find a source you would like to use in your paper, you can search for it in EasyBib and a bibliographic citation will be created that you can either copy and paste into your paper, or attach the entire bibliography to a chosen google doc or word document. EasyBib also allows the user to search for potentially relevant sources using their Research (Beta) feature. This allows the user to search other EasyBib members’ bibliographies for potential sources related to their topic of choice.


Getting Started

In order to start using EasyBib, you need to register with the site.

  1. Go to, and click “register” in the upper right hand corner of the screen.
  2. The easiest thing is to sign up using your wake forest gmail account (this will allow you to then export your bibliography directly into google docs). In order to do this click the “google” option under Sign in using your account with. You can also use your account with facebook, yahoo, aol, or openid, but these options do not have direct links with google docs. If you are opposed to using any of your existing accounts, you can also create a new account by clicking the icon under Or sign up to EasyBib.
  3. EasyBib will take you automatically to the My projects page andinstruct you to name your first project and choose a citation style. By doing this you can easily keep all of your citations for one paper together, and create a new project for each new paper’s bibliography.

  1. You can create a new project at any time by clicking the blue Create a new project button. EasyBib will instruct you to name your project, and you can then either choose MLA 6 or MLA 7 as the citation style. You can change the name or citation style of your project at any time by clicking on the blue edit button to the right of the project name on the main project page.
  2. In order to start making a bibliography for the project, click on Bibliography underneath your project’s name

Note** You can go back to the My projects page at anytime by clicking on All Projects in the blue bar under the main menu bar.

Creating a Citation

You have two options when it comes to creating a citation for your source. You can either search for it in EasyBib’s “autocite” feature, or you can enter all of the information yourself using the “manual entry” feature.


  1. In order to autocite your source, choose the type of source you want to cite from EasyBib’s 58 tabbed options.
  2. After you choose the type of source, EasyBib with instruct you what to type so that they can find it (e.g. for a book you would type the ISBN number or the title, and for a website you would type the url.
  3. After you type the information, click the green Cite this button andEasyBib, powered by WorldCat, will compile a list of sources that match your keywords. Once you find yours, click the select button to the right of the source and EasyBib will add it to your online bibliography

4. EasyBib will first show you what bibliographic information has been pulled from the source, and make sure to check it for accuracy or missing information. EasyBib will highlight information it thinks is missing in red. Once you are done, click Create Citation at the bottom of the page.

Note**: If you wish to modify the source further, like for example if you found the book you want to cite but you actually found it online, or if you didn’t want to cite the entire book, only a section, EasyBib will be able to direct you to the right citation format without losing your original information. In order to change the formatting of your source in this way, just click on a different Medium or use the drop down menu next to Citing:, and then edit your new citation by inserting information such as the book section title, or website’s name.

Manual Entry

If EasyBib cannot find the source you are looking for then this is the right feature to use.

  1. Click manual entry to the right of the autocite button.
  2. From here, you can manually choose the source type and add relevant information into the labeled boxes such as the author, date, publisher, website url, any page numbers, etc.
  3. Just fill out what you know, and EasyBib will cite it correctly.

Exporting your Bibliography

Once you have finished creating citations for your sources, you are able to export your bibliography in a variety of ways. You can either export it into a word or google doc, copy them into another project, or email the list to yourself. You can also check the citations you want to include in your bibliography if you have decided to not include a few.

Exporting to Word and Google

  1. To export your entire bibliography into a word or google doc, simply click the one of those options at the top right of your bibliography list.
  2. If you click “Print as a Word Document”, EasyBib will convert the bibliography into an rtf file, which can then be opened as a word document.
  3. If you click “Save as Google Doc”, EasyBib will try to access your Gmail account to open your google docs. Give it access, and then the bibliography should appear.

Other Options

If you don’t want to export the entire bibliography, then you can check the sources you wish to include in your works cited page. After checking the ones you would like, use the drop down menu to export these into a google or word doc, copy and paste it into any other document you’d like, copy them to another project, or email them to yourself.

Linking to a Google Doc

Linking your in-progess paper to your EasyBib projects page is an easy way to have your paper and sources in the same place. By using google docs, the linked paper in EasyBib will automatically update when you make changes to it, and when you are ready to insert your bibliography, already having your paper linked to EasyBib will make it that much easier.

  1. Go out to the main “All Projects” page .
  2. Look under the Project that you wish to link your Google Doc to.
  3. Click Paper
  4. Follow the prompts to either create a new Google Doc, or link to an existing one.
  5. If you chose to link to an existing one, select it from your list of Google Docs when prompted


Sharing Your Project

Sharing your project on EasyBib is a great way to allow friends to use the same sources, and also receive feedback and editing help from friends.

  1. Go out to the main “All Projects” page
  2. On the top right of your project’s name you will see a link forShare.
  3. Click this and follow the instructions, by typing in your friend’s emails and give them permissions such as allowing them to either view, edit, or comment on your project.

**Note: The person you share your project with must have an EasyBib account in order to edit or view your project.

Any projects that are shared with you will appear under Shared projects, directly located under My projects on the “All Projects” page

Finding Sources on EasyBib “Beta”

EasyBib recently has made an online community, in which users share sources that they found helpful on their topics. You can search through other users’ bibliographies to see what they have cited when having projects with similar topics.

  1. Click on the Research tab on the list of tabs
  2. Next search for the topic of your paper
  3. You can further limit the sources with the “adademic” and “online” tabs, or choose to search “all sources”.
  4. Select ones that you think might work for your paper, and cite them by clicking on the blue “cite it” button underneath the source

**Note: This feature is in Beta testing, so even if EasyBib says that the source is credible, make sure to read it before you decide to use it in your project.



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