Mobile Apps

A guide to mobile research tools

The Best Mobile Research App?

Ask a Librarian

But what's the best mobile research app of all?

It's your librarians, of course! Remember that you can call us, email us, or text us for research help:

  • local: 479-575-6645
  • toll-free: 866-818-8115
  • email:
  • text: 479-385-0803

After hours? Librarians are available to help you through our chat service, 24/7.

Authentication and Remote Access

Even when you are on campus, your phone or mobile device may not be connected to the UA network. 

Most library databases and ejournals are licensed for current UofA students, faculty, and staff only.  Database and journal publishers often determine your access rights based on the IP address of the device you are using to access their site.

The standards for authentication on mobile devices are evolving.

  • Some devices use your UARK email as your authentication.
  • Other publishers require you to create a personal account from an on-campus computer before accessing the mobile site. Your login credential then become your username and password for the mobile app or site.
  • Some publishers use device pairing, usually by sending you an authentication email after you log in to the site. Pairing  may expire after 6 to 12 months, after which you will need to pair your device again.
  • Many publishers still require an on-campus IP address.  Perhaps the easiest way to present an on-campus IP address to these vendors is to use the campus VPN.  

Read the instructions for each app carefully and be sure to ask us if you have any questions about access. 

University of Arkansas Libraries
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Fayetteville, AR 72701-4002
  • Phone: 479-575-4104
  • Toll-free: 866-818-8115
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