Using a Smartphone to Find Journal Articles and Other Powerful Information Resources

Nielsen reports that 55% of mobile phone purchasers choose smartphones. With smartphones becoming a larger part of the mobile phone market, academic database publishers such as EBSCOhost are making Smartphone friendly interfaces to their databases. So now students and faculty can search databases such as Academic Search Premier and JSTOR using your iPhone, iPad, Android, or Blackberry device. The databases can be accessed from the Ball State University Libraries mobile page, and are also integrated into the University Libraries’ mobile app.

The user interface (UI) is tailor-made for small screen smart devices. Features including various search limits and access to the full text of articles. Most of the databases allow the searcher to limit searches to articles that are peer reviewed or to articles with the full text available online.

The full text is surprisingly readable on a mobile device, and it can be e-mailed for future use. When full text is not available, use MultiLink to locate the article, or even request it through the Libraries’ popular Interlibrary Loan Service, which allows students and faculty to obtain items not owned by the University Libraries from other libraries and delivered to you electronically by email.

Some of the more popular databases available with a Mobile User Interface include:

  • Academic Search Premier
  • Business Source Premier
  • ERIC (EBSCOhost)
  • Medline (EBSCOhost)
  • PsycINFO
  • WorldCat

The search results are displayed in a neat and easily read fashion.  You can access article full text via PDF or HTML links, or you can see an abstract and additional information about the article by tapping the article title.

For more information, contact Steve Duecker, Information Services Librarian. ◙

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