BrowZine by Third Iron is an app for journal titles: It’s geared towards academic use, so we don’t subscribe to it.



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From: Serials in Libraries Discussion Forum [mailto:SERIALST@LISTSERV.NASIG.ORG] On Behalf Of Lanell White
Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 8:14 PM
Subject: Re: [SERIALST] free apps


Boopsie is a mobile player that specializes in library content. They partner with all the major content providers. Might be good to check out what they offer....


On Apr 19, 2017 7:25 PM, "Chris Bulock" <> wrote:

I'd generally recommend avoiding dedicated apps for subscription databases for this very reason. They're all a little different, but they generally require the user to create an account for that database and then log in through their mobile device or go through a pairing process while on campus. The authentication lasts a set length of time (let's say 60 days) and then they have to do it again. It's often kind of clunky, and they may not be able to send proxied links to anyone else if they want to share an article with students or colleagues. 


As Vanessa mentions, most database providers have worked on developing mobile friendly sites, and that's far preferable to native apps for this kind of thing.


Chris Bulock

Collection Coordinator for Electronic Resource Management

California State University Northridge


On Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 3:15 PM Vanessa Gault Steffen <> wrote:



In general most (not all) databases are mobile compatible. CINAHL does have an app: (Personally I have never used this)


NLM has a few apps out including PubMed for Handhelds (this isn't for "normal" searching PubMed but allows you to make PICO searchs, clinical queries)



I know ProQuest and EBSCO have a mobile friendly site.




Vanessa Steffen

Interlibrary Loan Assistant

Davis Memorial Library

Methodist University


Phone: 910-630-7117


>>> Barbara Pope <bpope@PITTSTATE.EDU> 4/19/2017 5:48 PM >>>

Hello, everyone. 


I need to pick the brains of smart phone savvy folks out there.  Faculty in our School of Nursing have requested that we add some apps to our LibGuides for health information, drug information, etc.  I have found quite a few free ones that I add links to and they seem very happy with those.  My question is about apps for subscription databases.  I am kind of ignorant about apps in general because I don't have a smart phone.  How does access to a subscription database work?  How do you make ip authentication work with, for example, the database CINAHL?  Thank you in advance for the help.





Barbara M. Pope, MALS
Periodicals/Reference Librarian
Axe Library
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg KS  66762


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