Workshop Recap: You got an iPad. Now what? Research Apps

NASA Visulization Explore (APP)We had a great Teaching with Technology workshop yesterday, “You got an iPad.  Now what?  Research Apps.” Thanks to all who attended! If you were unable to attend but are interested in what we discussed, you can find the list of topics below.  The workshop was divided into three areas: ebooks, mobile apps for research, and mobile friendly databases. Feel free to contact your Instructional Technology Liaison if you need assistance with using your iPad or other device.
  • The library catalog is optimized for mobile devices.  Simply click on “Mobile-Friendly” at the bottom of the regular library catalog or open this URL.
    • We recommend adding the icon to your home page, see these instructions.
  • Bluefire Reader: This friendly and easy to use app allows you to read DRM protected ebooks.  Download ebooks from ebrary, Ebsco, and EBL platforms directly into the Bluefire Reader App.  You will need to set up accounts for ebrary and Ebsco, plus an account for Adobe Digital Editions, but once the set-up is complete and accounts created, the download process is easy.
    • Note: All ebooks found through the library catalog are available full text online, these steps are only required when downloading an ebook offline.
Research Apps
  • Science Direct: You will need a Science Direct account to initially log in and authenticate.  Searches full content of ScienceDirect.  Article content is displayed in sections in tabs and can be saved or emailed.
  • iSSRN:   Free from the Social Science Research Network.
  • Google Search:  Supports voice searching and gives you easy access to apps, including Google Books.  You can set up Google Scholar to to export citations to Endnote or Refworks, and link to Conn library resources. Here’s a short video with instructions.
  • Easy Bib: Scan books and see the title formatted in APA, MLA or Chicago format then email citations to yourself.
Mobile Friendly Databases Access all databases through the library’s website (“Link to Individual Databases” in Supersearch tab).  If you will revisit any database again, it might be worth creating an icon for your home page (instructions under Mobile catalog above).
  • Ebsco
  • ARTstor
Our next workshop on using an iPad for teaching is next Friday from 1-2pm.  See you there!

Image credit: NASA Visualization Explorer (iPad) from


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