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Mobile Access to Library Resources

by Robin Bowles

Is the shine on that new iPhone 4S dulling a little? Is the initial thrill of opening that Android phone wearing off? Well, they can do more than check Facebook, photoblog your lunch and dismember virtual fruit. Your mobile device can be used to access many of the same research sources and databases you already use. Here’s a brief overview of the mobile versions of many well-loved library resources.

Mobile access to these tools comes in two basic forms: applications (apps) and web access.

Apps are specialized for the kind of device you have and can be downloaded from the device’s app store or market. iOS apps run on Apple devices like the iPhone or iPod, and Android apps run on devices made by many other companies. If you open the below links on your device, they should take you directly to the page in the store or market where they can be installed.

The web access links can be used on any smartphone with a web browser, including Windows phones and Blackberrys, as well as iOS and Android devices.

These tools will work best when you are on campus using the University’s WiFi network. Since they will use lots of network data, we recommend you only use them over WiFi unless you have an unlimited data plan. If you are unsure about the details of your plan or your device, please contact the retailer or cell phone service. The Library cannot assist with technical issues related to your mobile device.

Click here to see the list of mobile tools.

If you have questions about mobile access to library databases, contact Robin Bowles at 610-519-8129 or

Photo: Wikimedia Commons.



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Last Modified: January 20, 2012

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