Mobile Apps

A guide to mobile research tools

About Mobile Apps

Library Mobile Apps

On the go but need to know? Use your smart phone, iPad, or other mobile device  to find journal articles, save citations to your bibliography, and more. These library resources are only a thumb-click away (just please don't do research and drive).

Trouble connecting from your phone? Try our VPN connection for library resources.

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New and Noteworthy: ARTstor Mobile

ARtstor Mobile logoworks on most mobile device browsersapp for AndroidARTstor has recently released an app for Android, in addition to their mobile site.

All 1,000,000+ images from the ARTstor Digital Library are now accessible to registered ARTstor users on their mobile devices. These mobile versions provide read-only features such as searching, browsing, zooming, and viewing saved image groups.

The grooviest feature? ARTstor Flashcard View allows you to test your knowledge by viewing the image without textual information, and then flipping the image to reveal the image record (see example below).  Great way to study for that art lecture exam. 

To access any of these mobile versions, you will first need to create an account at the full ARTstor site from any computer connected to the campus network.

Thereafter, you can navigate to the mobile site at or use the Android app and log in with your ARTstor login and password.

More about ARTstor Mobile

Use ARTstor mobile to study for art exams

Naxos Jazz

Naxos logoapp for iPhoneThe NML (Naxos Music Library) Jazz App lets you access more than 100,000 jazz tracks.  NML is available as an iOS app from the iTunes store. 

The Naxos Jazz app will allow you to listen to playlists already created on the Naxos web site. You can create personal playlists or listen to those your instructor has created for your class.

To use the NML Jazz app:

  1. Visit  the full Naxos Music Library site at
  2. Navigate to the Playlists tab and sign up for a Student/Member Playlist Account. You will receive a confirmation e-mail to the e-mail address you used to sign up. Click the link in the e-mail to confirm your account.
  3. The login you created for your Student/Member Playlist Account will be your login for the app as well.
  4. Any playlist in your personal folder or the general UofA institution folder  will be available, in addition to Naxos-created playlists. You can also browse and stream the full NMLJazz site--from New Releases and Recent Additions to any old recording from any label--anytime, anywhere.

New and Noteworthy: Mango Mobile

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Mango Language Learning has updated their mobile app for iOS and Android. 


Here's what's new:

  • A whole new dazzling interface to keep learning even more fun and engaging.
  • Practice that pitch-perfect accent with Mango's  voice-comparison feature.
  • iPad support now available.

New to Mango? Mango is a service offered by the Libraries that is free to you. With Mango, you can learn (or brush up on) conversational skills in more than 60 foreign languages. Mango is the perfect supplement to your coursework here at the UofA or as preparation for study abroad. (And, if you are into time travel, you can also learn how to converse in ancient Greek, Roman or Hebrew.) Mango also offers English-language courses for speakers of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese. Lessons cover vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture in real-world situations;

Mango makes learning fun. 

If you have previously downloaded the Mango app, it should have automatically updated on your device.  If you need to install for the first time:

  1. Visit Mango from your computer. 
  2. Create a personal account to track your progress.
  3. Once you have created your personal account, visit iTunes or the Google Play Store to download the app to yoru mobile device. 

More information can be found on the Mango mobile site

New and Noteworthy: JoVE Mobile Options

JoVE logoapp for iPhoneapp for Androidworks with all mobile devices

JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, is the world's first peer reviewed scientific video journal.


The Libraries currently subscribe to JoVE Biology

JoVE has  released a mobile site, as well as apps for Android and iOS. To use any of these services, you will first need to create a personal account on JoVE from a computer connected to the campus network.  After that, you can use your personal login to access JoVE from anywhere. 

New and Noteworthy: Alexander Street Music and Video

VAST Aacademic Video llogoworks with most phonesThis Fall, you can access thousands of video collections from Alexander Street's VAST: Academic Video Online collection. This multidiciplinary collections covers topics such as Architecture, Art, Business, Counseling and therapy, Dance, Economics, Education, Ethnic studies, Ethnography, Health, History, Humanities, Law and public safety, LGBT studies, Literature, Opera, Philosophy, Political science, Psychology, Religion, Science, Theatre, and Women’s studies. Video types include newsreels, field recordings, demonstrations of specific techniques, archival footage, interviews, and documentaries.

VAST Academic Video Online is part of a suite of resources from Alexander Street Press and is cross searchable with streaming music databases such as Classical Music Library and American Song Online.


Classical Music Library LogoOne of the coolest features of Alexander Street's music and video interface is that you can send music tracks or videos to your phone for later listening or viewing. 

When viewing an album, track, or video that you wish to access via your Send to Mobile buttonmobile device, look for the send to mobile icon . Click the icon and you will have the option of sending a text message to you phone with a link to the track; capturing a short link to enter directly into your browser, or scanning a QR code to access the track.

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New to QR codes? Many smart phones have the ability to scan a QR (Quick Response) codes; a special type of barcode embedded in a print or online publication. Scan the QR code with your phone, and you will be redirected to the track or album online.

New and Noteworthy: RefScan for Endote Mobile

works with most iphonesRefScan LogoThe RefScan iOS app from Thomson Reuters lets you scan a DOI (digital object identifier) with your phone to look up the full citation in Web of Science.  From there, you can add the citation to your EndNote account with a few easy clicks.  More about RefScan.



RefScan: take a picture of a DOI, look up its infrmation and send the citation to your EndNote account.

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