Research Apps for your mobile device

With the growing use of mobile devices in both daily and academic life, databases and other online resources are increasingly providing mobile access or developing applications to support their platforms.

Two recent examples of this are:

  • Emerald
  • Ebsco

Emerald  is a leading publisher of journals and books in the business and management domains.
Few month ago, Emerald has released a free application for iPad and iPhone which provides access to 100 000 journal articles, available from the app store.

Here’s how:

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Open the app store and search for ‘Emerald’
Select and download the free app

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 Once downloaded, open the application.

You will be met with the home page, as below

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 You can search for articles using the simple search field. 

Your results will be displayed in the form of icons depicting each article title.

NB:  If you are connected to the HEC Wifi network you will also be able to get the PDF full text for each article.

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The “Read Full-Text” icon will take you to an article summary page (redirected via your browser) with the option to view the article in full, PDF format in the tool bar on the right hand side of the screen.

 

 

 

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The app also allows you to :

  •  browse journals by title, by tapping the ‘Browse Journals icon’ to view all available journals alphabetically (as shown below)

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EBSCO

EBSCO uses a platform via your browser to offer mobile access to articles

To gain access, go to the HEC Library website –> Electronic Resources –> Databases A-Z
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croll down alphabetically to find an EBSCO database, for example Business Source Complete, and touch Access EBSCO databases on your mobile device

 

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Tap the EBSCOhost Mobile application is tailor-made for the smaller screens of mobile devices icon

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 Select one or several databases on the list by ticking the relevant boxes on the left hand side, before selecting ‘continue’

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Perform your search as you would normally, providing key words in the search boxes and drop down menus

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From the list of results, you can get access to an article summary, or to the full text by tapping ‘PDF full text’

 

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The article will appear on your screen, as below

 

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For further information on any of the above, do not hesitate to contact the library 😉

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

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  • 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.

http://www.teachthought.com/technology/25-best-research-apps-ipad-android/

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

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  • 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 😉

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

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

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How to use Microsoft Office on iPad or Android tablet ?

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Working on an Excel spreadsheet or a Power Point presentation from your touch-sceen tablet can be tricky sometimes.

But hope is not dead ! This article published on ItBusiness.Ca  shows you nothing less than 4 different solutions to use your Microsoft Office document on your tablet

SkyDrive, CloudOn, Onlive Desktop or Google Drive, which one fits you the most ?

Share your experience with us !

4 ways to use Microsoft Office on iPad and Android right now

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Main useful apps to discover, curate and share your contents

Discovering content is the easy part. Managing it all is the challenge.

This gallery made by Shirley Williams lists 55  tools that will help you discover, manage, and share all your digital content.

At the library, we especially like RSS feed readers apps like PulseScoopItClipBoard or Feedly.

What about you ? tell us which apps you use to manage your contents !

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