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Library and Reference apps for iPod Touch, iPad and iPhone

Multi-Disciplinary Content Apps

BrowZine:  This is an app that enables you to browse our library's scholarly e-journal content by creating a table of contents for each journal, with links to the PDF full text.  A web-based version of BrowZine can be found on the library website or from this link:  For more information about the app, see our LibGuide on Browzine.

Ebscohost: The Ebscohost app is the most useful general app for accessing library databases.  This app can be downloaded from the App Store, but IPad and iPod user can follow the link on the bottom of any Ebscohost page to receive instructions to download the app, which must be activated according to Ebsco's instructions.  All Ebsco databases are optimized for mobile devices.

ebrary: ebrary provides access to more than 200,000 ebook titles in the SU library collection.  The app is free, and can be downloaded for the iPhone or iPad.

Medical, Health-Related and Science Apps

ACS Mobile:  provides users with a multi-journal live stream of new peer reviewed research content published by the American Chemical Society.  Free from the App Store.

AccessMedicine and AccessPharmacy:  Free apps are now available for both of these databases.

Dynamed Mobile: DynaMed is a clinical reference tool for health care professionals for use primarily at the 'point-of-care' level. 

Lexi-Comp Institutional: Pharmacy students and faculty will want to download this app to access Lexi-comp. Free through the App Store.

Pubmed on Tap: Works well for accessing PubMed online.  $2.99 from the App store, but a free version shows just 10 references at a time.  Can be set for proxy access to full text. 


Art and Music Apps

ARTstor Mobile: The ARTstor Digital Library provides read-only features such as searching and browsing, zooming, and viewing saved image groups. The app includess Flashcard View which allows users to test their knowledge by viewing the image without textual information, and then flipping the image to reveal the image record. ARTstor Mobile is only available through the Safari browser, just go to  from your mobile device. Free app for access to SU's ARTstor account.

Naxos Music Library:  The NML app provides access to more than 50,000 CDs  Content can be streamed to your iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone.  Create and share playlists.  Free app for access to SU's Naxos account. 

Naxos Music Library Jazz: The NML app provides access to more than 5,000 CDs  Content can be streamed to your iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone.  Create and share playlists.  Free app for access to SU's Naxos Jazz account. 

Library Catalogs and Library Websites Access

LibraryThing's Local Books:  This mobile app from LibraryThing provides links to participating libraries and book stores. Free through the App Store.

Utility Apps

WEPA Print:  For a student, what could be of greater utility than the WEPA Print app? This free app lets you open and print Word and PDF documents from your iPhone, iPad or Android device to any of the WEPA print kiosks on campus.  Available from the App Store.

Citation Management Apps

ZotPad: ZotPad is an iPad/iPhone client for the Zotero reference management software.  If you have used Zotero as a browser add-on, ZotPadf will give you access to Zotero libraries and files on the Zotero server.  Free.

Papership for Mendeley and Zotero: Ths free reference manager app works with both Zotero and Mendeley. Free from the App store.

Diigo Browser:  Diigo offline Reader lets you save websites, search and browse your Diigo library, and download files for offline browsing. Download from App Store for free.

Evernote:  Not a citation manager, but a tool to take text notes, capture photos, mange audio clips.  An award-winning tool and it is free. Download from the App Store.

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Where do I get apps?

The number of available apps has increased dramatically.  At the same time, many websites have now been optimized for mobile devices and so no longer require a special app or mobile site. 

The principal source for mobile apps is likely to be Apple's App Store, linked from your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad.  Many apps are free, though some apps have versions with more extensive features that can be downloaded for a nominal fee. Other apps are available directly from the vendor that developed them.