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).
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.
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?