According 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).
These 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
Other vendors create separate mobile apps that you can download and use on your phones or tablets.
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.
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 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.
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?
Almost half of American adults own smartphones , 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.
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!
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!