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Getting it Done on the Go: Mobile Apps for Research and Study

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Unlike many other professions, academic work often takes place beyond the confines of particular times and places. As such, it requires a set of tools that can be accessed anytime and anywhere. Mobile devices increasingly offer a variety of helpful applications for common academic tasks such as conducting research, writing manuscripts, organizing lectures and presentations, and collaborating with colleagues - all while on the go!

To help guide you in your journeys through the app store, Rutgers University Libraries is pleased to introduce Mobile Apps for Research and Study, a guide to mobile applications designed especially for students, faculty, and researchers. It offers a look at some of the top-rated iOS apps for academic audiences including favorites such as Evernote, Instapaper, Keynote, Dropbox, and Papers.

Learn how to use your smartphone or tablet to:

  • Access online books, articles, and more from major scholarly databases
  • Create customizable newsfeeds for your favorite blogs and websites
  • Store and organize references and citations
  • Draft and edit manuscripts for publication
  • Create and display sophisticated presentations
  • Host or attend online meetings and conferences
  • Store, sync, and share files in the cloud
  • Find your way around campuses and conference venues

The guide currently only covers apps for the iPhone and iPad, but will eventually include Android devices as well. Also included are a variety of resources to help you find the latest app news and reviews. If there is an app that you find particularly useful for research and study, please suggest it by clicking on the link under "Suggest an App."

For more information, feel free to contact the Digital Users Services Librarian at 848-932-6111 or by email at joseph.deodato@rutgers.edu.

Posted April 2, 2012