Getting Started with EasyBib for Students How to Create an Easy Bib Account

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Getting Started with EasyBib for Students

How to Create an Easy Bib Account:

  1. Go to

  2. Click on the “Sign Up” link.

  3. Enter your first and last name, your email address, a password (Suggestion: Use your BCPS External Password) and select your gender.

    1. If you do not have an email address, see if your parent will enter his/her email address.

    2. Easy Bib also offers this suggestion: “We at EasyBib understand that there are many students, especially young ones, that don't have their own email addresses. So, a student can create an account with a fake email address, as long as it has an @ in it, such as Just remind them they must remember that email address to log in later.”

  1. Enter your school’s coupon code which will give you access to the EasyBib School Edition, which has more features than the standard free account. Ask your Library Medial Specialist for the code: _________________________

How to Create a Works Cited Page:

  1. Click “ + New Project”.

  2. Enter a Project Name and make sure that “MLA” is selected as the default style.

  3. Click “Create”.

  4. Click the small blue “Bibliography” link underneath your project name and it will take you to the screen where you can begin to add entries to your project.

How to Export a Citation from a Database into EasyBib:

  1. Make sure have signed into EasyBib, and have clicked the blue “Bibliography” link under the name of the project you want to add citations to.

  2. How to export the citation from a database will depend on what database you used to find your article. However, most of the time, you need to find the article in the database, click the citation tool, and click a button to export the citation into EasyBib. Below, are links to videos showing you how to do this for several different databases:

    1. Exporting from Gale (Opposing Viewpoints)

    2. Exporting from EBSCO Host

    3. Exporting from SIRS

Troubleshooting When Exporting from a Database:

Once your citation has been exported from your database into EasyBib, check it for errors. If you find a mistake once the citation is added to EasyBib, click the blue “Edit” link that appears under the citation. Here are some common errors you may find and how to fix them:

  1. If the entire URL (web address) appears at the end of your citation, this is incorrect. In MLA 7, web addresses aren’t necessary to include in your citation. Here is how to remove it: After you click the Edit link, scroll down to the box that says “URL” and delete the text in it. Then click the orange “Revise Citation” button.

  2. If the article title appears in all capital letters, this in incorrect. In MLA 7, only the first letter of the first word in the title should be capitalized. After you click the Edit link, scroll down to the box that says “Article title” and correct the capitalization errors in the box. Then click the orange “Revise Citation” button.

How to Autocite When Not Using a Database:

Here are some helpful videos:

  1. How to Autocite a Website

  2. How to Autocite a Newspaper Article

  3. How to Autocite Sources on EasyBib

How to Generate a Works Cited page and Export/Print It:

  1. Click the red “Export” drop-down menu and choose “Print as a Word Doc”.

  2. Next, click the “Download for MS Word” button. If prompted, click that you want to “Open” the document.

  3. Microsoft Word will open automatically and show you a finished Works Cited page which you can save or print!

Amy L. Samay, Franklin Middle, 2014

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