Studying with your mobile device : Some useful apps you need to download !


  • Searching for information online
  • Taking notes in the classroom
  • Saving files
  • Sharing a PDF document with your co-workers
  • Scanning pictures
  • Annotating  PDFs
  • Organising your search references
  • Keeping up to date with the news
  • Asking peers for a certain knowledge

These are the things that make up student life today 😉

But now, you can do all this (and even more) with just your tablet or smartphone…

All you need are the right tools !

TeachThought have listed 25 of the best research apps for iPad and Android to get you started.

At HEC library, our favorites are :

  • Scanner Pro : A great app  for quickly scanning and saving a digital version (enven in PDF !) of a paper document


  • EasyBib : If you are currently writing your thesis, EasyBib is a very useful app to create accurate MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or by typing the name of a book. Easybib helps you build and manage your works cited. A must have 😉


  • Questia Library : This app give you access to over 75,000 books, 9 million articles, and 7,000 research topics !


  • iAnnotate PDF : Read, mark up, and share your PDF, DOC, PPT and image files !  iAnnotate PDF  is “an indispensable tool to have,”


Gallica fait peau neuve sur Android

L’application Gallica pour smartphones et tablettes Android a bénéficié d’une refonte complète.


Gallica permet d’accéder gratuitement aux collections numérisées de la Bibliothèque Nationale de Francelivres, fascicules de presse, revues, manuscrits, photographies, estampes, affiches, cartes, partitions…

L’application vous permet rechercher des documents sur l’ensemble des fonds numérisés par la BnF mais également de les télécharger ou de les partager par email ou sur les réseaux sociaux.

L’appli est téléchargeable gratuitement sur Google Play  ou sur l’App Store 

Print directly from your laptop to the library’s 2 printers!


How to get started ?

  • Get the the drivers for your hardware (PC or Mac) installed by the IT department :

             – In T building (I.T. Gallery ), Office 79  (Open from 7.30 am to 9pm)

– In building S, Office R03 (Open from 9am to 6pm)

  • What are the benefits of installing the drivers on your computer?

– You only need to set your codes for “Secure Printing” once.

– Every time you print subsequently,  your codes will remain stored on your computer via the printing interface.

Once the drivers have been installed by I.T. services, please do not hesitate to ask for help at the library reception desks.

General rules and basic information about data citation

In the same way that you cite journal articles and books you reference in your publication, you may also need to cite any data your publication uses.

Citing data sets (spreadsheets etc.) is necessary to provide context and to give credit to your research.

Some style guides provide instructions for the citation of data, but if you can’t find a list of general rules, then consider these few elements when building your data citation:

Author: Creator of the data set (individual, group of individuals, organization).

Title: Title of the data set or name of the study.

Edition or Version: Version or edition number associated with the data set.

Date: Year of data publication.

Editor: Person or team responsible for compiling or editing the data set.

Publisher (= distributor): Entity (and location) responsible for producing and/or distributing the data set.

Producer: Organization that sponsored the author’s research and/or organization that made the creation of the data set possible, such as codifying and digitizing the data.

Material: Computer file or online article.

Electronic Retrieval Location: Web address where the data set is available including persistent identifier like DOI.

Examples using these General Rules:

APA (6th edition)

Smith, T.W., Marsden, P.V., & Hout, M. (2011). General social survey, 1972-2010 cumulative file (ICPSR31521-v1) [data file and codebook]. Chicago, IL: National Opinion Research Center [producer]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor]. doi: 10.3886/ICPSR31521.v1

MLA (7th edition)

Smith, Tom W., Peter V. Marsden, and Michael Hout. General Social Survey, 1972-2010 Cumulative File. ICPSR31521-v1. Chicago, IL: National Opinion Research Center [producer]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011. Web. 23 Jan 2012. doi:10.3886/ICPSR31521.v1

Chicago (16th edition) (author-date)

Smith, Tom W., Peter V. Marsden, and Michael Hout. 2011. General Social Survey, 1972-2010 Cumulative File. ICPSR31521-v1. Chicago, IL: National Opinion Research Center. Distributed by Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research. doi:10.3886/ICPSR31521.v1

Also note that versions X5 and above of Endnote have a template for the ‘dataset’ reference type.

See the Endnote manual for information on how to use this reference type if you are unsure.

The library will be happy to help with data set citation.

Referencing databases

How to cite specialist company and financial databases

A veru useful guide created by the Manchester Business School Library ‘considers a database as similar to an e-book’  and therefore suggests you use the database name as the author. For example, the citation would be (Datastream, 2012) rather than (Thomson Reuters, 2012) The reader can find the specific database used in the list of references.

As a general rule, this format can be adopted:

Author =Database name, (year)

Full database title,  [consulted via]

Available at: Subscription Service (accessed: Date accessed)

For example, to cite a full databse:

Bloomberg. (2012) Bloomberg Professional. [Online]. Available at: Subscription Service (Accessed: 3 January 2014)

Or a report from within a specific database:

Bloomberg. (2012) “Company information for Rolls Royce PLC”, Bloomberg Professional. [Online]. Available at: Bloomberg Subscription Service (Accessed: 19 November 2012)

Business Research Plus, the MBS Library blog is full of valuable information. Have a look!

Publishing in journals – Understanding your rights

Bonnie Swoger’s article ‘Understanding your rights: pre-prints, post-prints and publisher versions’ in Scientific American, once again raises the issue surrounding journal copyright, and the disparities between each journal and the type of version allowed to be uploaded to repositories.

As Elsevier has been criticised for asking some platforms to go as far as to remove copies of articles already published in some of its journals, clarification is needed on the restrictions imposed by publishers, and the different versions which may be uploaded to different repositories.

In her article, Swoger, a Science and Technology Librarian in New York, defines clearly the different print versions as follows:

‘Pre-print – A pre-print is the original version of the manuscript as it is submitted to a journal. While the authors may have sought help from their colleagues in selecting data analysis techniques, improving manuscript clarity, and correcting grammar, the pre-print has not been through a process of peer review. It typically looks like a term paper – a double spaced .doc file with minimal formatting.’

‘Post-print – A post-print is a document that has been through the peer review process and incorporated reviewers comments. It is the final version of the paper before it is sent off the the journal for publication. It may be missing a final copyedit (if the journal still does that) and won’t be formatted to look like the journal. It still looks like the double spaced .doc file. Sometimes, the term “pre-print” is used interchangeably with “post-print,” but when it comes to permissions issues, it is important to clarify which version of a manuscript is being discussed.’

‘Publishers version/PDF – This is the version of record that is published on the publishers website. It will look quite spiffy, having been professionally typeset by the publisher. Library databases will link to this version of the paper.’

In general, publishers most commonly allow pre-print versions to be uploaded to repositories. However, each case, publisher and copyright agreement is different, and must be verified before publication.

One useful tool, which Swoger also identifies for finding summaries of copyright agreements is SHERPA/RoMEO which classifies journals according to what extent a journal will allow you to share your published articles, in what format, and under what conditions they will allow that sharing.

More information about this resource can be found in the previous blog post.

New Web of Science YouTube channel

Thomson Reuters Web of Science has recently started its own YouTube channel, displaying videos and tutorials on how to make the most of its services.

Each video lasts around 5 minutes, and provides a step by step method for performing different searches, exporting records and explaining indicators, such as impact factors and immediacy indexes.

It also offers suggestions on how and where to find further information using other Thomson Reuters programmes.

The channel, maintained by the Thomson Reuters Scientific & Scholarly Research Training Team, can be found by clicking here, or by searching for ‘web of science’ via YouTube.

Viewing Altmetrics

Viewing Altmetrics

Altmetrics are a new form of metrics,  proposed as an alternative to Journal Impact Factor and other personal citation indices.

They often focus on social networks, online reference managers and bookmarking for analysis, as opposed to peer citation.

See how Altmetrics are used by an institutional repository

Below are two examples from two articles.

Note the presence of the  icon below the social network links.
Click this icon to see a breakdown of the article metrics; the platform the article was shared from, what was written or tweeted about the article, where it was shared, and its overall score.

For more information on Altmetrics, visit their site.