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.

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generic phone icon iPhone icon App for Android
works with most smart phones
app for iPhone and iPad
app for Android

Library Catalog

works with most smartphonesThe U of A library catalog is optimized for mobile devices and any screen size.   Using the catalog, you can find out what books, journals, and Internet resources we own from anywhere. Connect to subscribed electronic journals and databases with your UARK login and password. You can also check your library account, view and renew your current checkouts, and more.



Text to your Phone

text message iconworks with all smartphonesIn the "classic" library catalog, you don't need to scramble for a pen and paper.

Just text that call number and location to your cell phone and then proceed to the library stacks. Save a tree; send a text.




To send a text from the catalog:

  • Look fro the "Text Location" icon on the right menu of a full record display. 
  • Input your mobile number, choose your carrier, and choose the items to be sent.
  • On some carriers, the message may broken into multiple messages. 


Test a book location to your mobile phone

WorldCat Mobile

WorldCat Logoworks with all smartphonesWorldCat Mobile lets you search the world's catalog of more than almost 150 million items in libraries worldwide from your phone.

Use WorldCat to locate books, entire journals, dissertations and theses, videos, audio recordings, manuscript materials, and other publication types. Items identified in WorldCat may often be borrowed from owning libraries using the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan service.

WorldCat mobile is not an app; use your device's browser and bookmark the catalog page at

Google Book Search Mobile

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works with most smart phonesGoogle BookSearch  offers a mobile site with more than 1.5 million public domain books that can be read with most phones.

Just point your browser to

HathiTrust Mobile

Hathitrust Logo works on most smart phonesHathitrust mobile at allows you to search and read more than 2.5 million open access books online. 

HathiTrust is a digitization project created by a consortium of research libraries.



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