EasyBib: Student citation reaches half a billion

A popular electronic citation service has reached over half a billion uses.

Learning how and when to cite a source in an academic paper is a concept that students often struggle with.

What style of formatting is correct? APA, MLA, Chicago? Do I cite an image, a quote, and how much can I borrow from ideas?

It's difficult, and the consequences of getting it wrong can be dire -- from striking a black mark against your name in academia, to expulsion or court cases.

However, in the way that technology and software developers create solutions for a variety of problems in modern society, a popular electronic method of citation, EasyBib, has continually grown its student following.

Launched in 2001, the service has now reported to have reached half a billion uses by students in order to accurately cite their work.

EasyBib is used by over 34 million students and over 100 academic institutions worldwide, and was the first service rolled out by company ImagineEasy solutions. It was founded by Darshan Somashekar and Neal Taparia, after their own frustration in high school gave them the idea of creating easy to use, free citation assistance.

A free web service that is supported by both iOS and Android, EasyBib aims to help educate students in how to correctly format, include citations and construct an appropriate bibliography.

To date, over 497,300,060 sources have been cited by students using the service.