Study Tips: Mobile Research Apps

Take your research mobile!

By Lisa Ancelet, Head Reference Services Librarian

Research apps

Mobile apps help you research on the go.

Do you often find yourself conducting research on your mobile device or wishing you could? Alkek Library at Texas State University offers students, faculty and staff many different options to make mobile research not only possible, but easy.

Some of our library databases offer mobile versions of the database that do not require additional downloads. Simply access the database from the library website using your mobile device. You will automatically be redirected to the mobile version. One example is the Library Catalog mobile version.

Some databases do require downloading an app for the mobile version. The apps vary, but typical versions are for iPhone, iPad or Android. To find out which databases have apps and how to download them, go to our Mobile Research LibGuide. It will walk you through all the different options available.

Getting to the guide is easy. Starting from the library homepage, click on the “Computer Access” tab and click on “Mobile Research” in the drop-down menu. If accessing the guide on a mobile device, you’ll automatically be directed to the mobile version.

Many of the research apps you’ll see on our guide will give you access to subscription content from databases or journals. This is content that the library has paid for, so it is not available if you just search for it on Google. Selected apps include ACS Mobile, arcXi, Medscape, SpringerLink, Nature.com, PubMed, SciVerse Science Direct, Scopus, EBSCOHost and others.

Some apps require that you use your device via the university’s wireless network in order to access that content. Other apps are designed so that you can access content from the library’s subscriptions even when you are off-campus. Check the directions and notes included with each app.

Evernote phone app screenshot

Evernote is a note-taking mobile app.

For instructions on downloading and authenticating with your Texas State NetID, check the app’s website. If you run into any trouble, you can always get hands-on help with NetID issues at the walk-up IT Assistance Center (ITAC) in the Math Computer Science Building or by phone at 512.245.ITAC.

The Mobile Research LibGuide is about more than research databases. It also provides links to other mobile research tools — note-taking apps, such as Evernote and Simplenote, and mobile versions of citation managers, such as RefWorks or Mendeley.

Remember to use the “Ask a Librarian” service if you have any questions about taking your research mobile via the university library. We’re here to help!

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