BrowZine – What is it? As its name (browse + magazine) suggests it is “a visual browsing interface for our journal subscriptions.” And, as Falvey’s Nursing and Life Sciences librarian, Robin Bowles says, “It’s the best thing to happen to e-journals ever!” BrowZine provides “a streamlined user interface with personalization tools for students and faculty. BrowZine makes your journals more user-friendly than ever before.”
You cannot walk over to a bookshelf, pick up an e-journal and skim through it to see what is available in the most recent issue as you might with a print journal. BrowZine makes it possible to leaf through e-journals in the same way as you do with printed ones and the journals are only those to which Falvey subscribes.
Browzine is found on the Falvey homepage to your left under Databases A – Z or use this link: <http://browzine.com/libraries/764/subjects > This takes you to the BrowZine Library where you see a list of topics such as Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics, and more. If you click on one of these topics, journals for this category (only those to which the Library subscribes) appear on the right. You can open a journal, look at its table of contents and select an article of interest, just as you do with printed journals.
You can save journals of interest to My Bookshelf; you have four bookcases, each with four shelves. By using My Bookshelf you can follow titles that interest you and you will be notified when a new article is published.
In addition to your computer, BrowZine can be accessed from your smartphone or tablet once you download the app. This enables you to read your saved articles offline – your BrowZine bookshelf is portable!
Photograph by Alice Bampton; bookshelf image courtesy of pixabay.com.
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