Mobile Library Resources

MobileResearchAccording to research done by the Pew Research Center, 66% of Americans age 18-29 own a smartphone. For those of you with smartphones, tablets or other mobile devices, there are many library resources that are available for you to explore on the go.

You can start with the library’s mobile website, which gives you access to library hours and phone numbers for the service desk and library staff. Then there are a wide variety of mobile websites to help with quick look ups, or to get you started on your research. Milne Library’s Guide to Mobile Resources can help you find resources formatted for your mobile device, and all of our subject guides are easily viewable on your smartphone (although the resources they point to may not be as accessible).

MobileGuideThese mobile websites will help you find books or articles in Milne Library (either online or in print):

  • Library Home Page (mobile) – Library hours, staff contact information, and links to common resources formatted for your mobile device
  • GLOCAT+ (mobile) – Find books and articles available to Milne Library patrons.
  • GLOCAT Classic (Mobile) – Find books, DVDs, CDs and other items from Milne’s collection. Great for quickly looking up call numbers.
  • Worldcat (mobile) – Find books in libraries worldwide. Enter a zip code to find an item in a local library

    A few useful apps for research.
    A few useful apps for research.

Many of our databases also have mobile websites.  If you have accounts for these databases, you can access your saved articles, citations and lists.

Other vendors create separate mobile apps that you can download and use on your phones or tablets.

ArtStorMobile
ArtStor Mobile app image search
              • EBSCOhost for iOS – Provides access to Milne’s EBSCOhost subscriptions in a dedicated app for your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. Includes the ability to save PDFs to outside apps, such as Google Drive, Dropbox or iBooks.
              • iSSRN – Provided by the Social Science Research Network, iSSRN provides access on your iPhone or iPad to a huge amount of freely-available literature in the social sciences and humanities.
              • NML for iOS – Naxos Music Library for iOS
              • ARTstor Mobile
              • ACS Mobile – Free. Access recently published and resources from the American Chemical Society.
              • arXiv  – Free. Full text access to the pre-prints available at the arXiv.org website in Physics, Mathematics, Nonlinear Sciences, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance, and Statistics.
      • SciVerse ScienceDirect Premium  – $2.99 per year. Full text access to the articles available on ScienceDirect, from the publisher Elsevier. iPad only.
      • SciVerse Scopus Alerts (Institutional)  – Free. Search science and social science literature, get citation alerts and create lists of articles. Users are required to sign up for an account at the Scopus website in order to authenticate.
      • World Bank DataFinder  – Free. Access World Bank Data from your phone.
      • US Census Browser  – iPad only. Browse data from the US 2010 Census.

Then you’ll want to get your hands on the apps that can help you get your work done.  There are apps to work with citation management tools like Zotero and Mendeley, and apps to help you access documents stored in Google Drive.  The EasyBib app allows you to scan the barcode of a book to automatically create a citation you can email to yourself.

While doing your research on your phone probably won’t replace hard-care searching on your computer, it is often convenient to have mobile tools to help with quick look ups or searches.

What apps or mobile resources do you use to do research?

Apps for Academics: Milne Professional Development Series

Apps4AcademicsThursday, April 11th
2:30-3:30 PM
Milne 121
Almost half of American adults own smartphones [1], and many of us use them to get things done at work. Join Science Librarian and iPhone user Bonnie Swoger as she leads a discussion about our favorite smart phone and tablet apps. Come prepared to learn about new apps and share your favorite apps to get things done, connect with others and keep up with news and scholarship.
The Milne Professional Development Series is an opportunity for the informal exchange of ideas related to scholarly communication, technology, instructional design, higher education and other topics relevant to our work at SUNY Geneseo.  There will often be refreshments and coffee. A list of Spring 2013 workshops is now available on the library website, and look for the list of Summer 2013 workshops to be posted soon.

1. http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Smartphone-Update-2012.aspx

Top ten reasons to use Google Calendar

  1. It’s FREE!  Geneseo Apps are provided through CIT (see these 3 easy steps for setting up your account).
  2. You can import your class schedule into your Google Calendar right from myGeneseo.
  3. Keep track of multiple calendars in one place and customize the color for each (work schedule, class schedules, extracurricular activities, etc…).
  4. Share your calendar with classmates and friends.
  5. It’s in the cloud!  Google Calendar is available on any device with access to the internet.
  6. Get Google calendar on your phone (including Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry).
  7. Get event reminders.  You can set up pop-up or email reminders minutes, hours, days or weeks ahead of the event.
  8. Send invitations and track rsvp’s for any event.
  9. Google Calendar also has a wide database of public calendars that you can subscribe to for free (i.e. U.S. Holidays).
  10. With your Geneseo Apps account, you also have an account for nearly 50 other useful Google products.

File Storage Options for the Busy Geneseo Student

In just a handful of decades, technology has come a long way in terms of computing storage. There were the punch cards in the 1960s, cassette tapes in the 1970s, floppy disks in the 1980s, CD-R and RW discs in  the 1990s, and the 2000s saw the advent of thumb drives and SD cards.

A number of these storage options are available for you right here on campus.  Storage devices for sale at the library include jump drives, CD-R & RW, and DVD-R.  In addition, Geneseo provides 50MB of  file space to students.  Most of the computers on campus have a direct link to file space on their desktops.  The Geneseo wiki has instructions on how to access your file space from off campus.

Your ipod can also be used just like a thumb drive, provided you haven’t packed it to it’s limit with music…  And don’t forget that you can store your files in the “cloud.”  For instance, Geneseo provides all students with a Google Apps account.  Using this account, you can upload up to 1 GB of word, pdf, and power point, and excel files to your google docs account.  Once you do so, you can access them from any computer with internet access.

There are a number of other online storage services for which you can take advantage, most of which offer 1 or 2 GB of free storage.  Dropbox is an online storage service that allows you to store/share up to 2GB of files.  You have to install a small program on your computer to run it, but it allows you to upload any type of file as long as it is under 350MB.  Similar services include ElephantDrive (2GB free), FilesAnywhere (1 GB free), and FlipDrive (1 GB free) to name a few.  (LiveMesh is a similar service that allows you to store up to 5GB for free, but only works for PC users running Vista or Windows 7).

For storing photos and videos, there are a number of options available.  Google’s Picasa Web Album is accessible through your Geneseo Google Apps account.  Picasa allows you to store (and share if you wish) up to 1 GB of video and photo files.   An alternative to Picasa is Flickr, which allows you to upload up to 300 MB of photos and 2 videos per month.

Do you have a favorite storage/sharing service not mentioned above?  Leave a comment below and let us know about it!

Want to add some pizazz to your next class presentation or project?

Social media creation software is making it so much easier to create professional looking content.  If you are looking to spruce up your projects and presentations, it could be as easy as  replacing your tired old bullet points with a colorful concept map, word cloud, or photo collage.

Check out our Social Media library guide to see tools that will help you make these, as well as other media creation software that librarians use and recommend!