Mobile Apps

A guide to mobile research tools

The Best Mobile Research App?

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Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture

works with most smart phonesEncyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture LogoThe Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture has released a mobile version of their web site at

Here you can search and browse encyclopedia entries by time period, topic, ethnicity, gender, or keyword. 

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture (EOA) is a project of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies at the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) in Little Rock, Arkansas. As of 2013, the site offers more than 3,200 entries and more than 4,200 pieces of media.


Britannica Mobile

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optiimized for iPhoneBritannica Mobile allows  you to search and browse a subset of Encyclopaedia Britannica content from your phone.  The site at is open to all and does not require authentication.  While optimized for iPhone, the site seems to work well with most phones. 

My Knovel to Go

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My Knovel To GoKnovel, the collection of engineering and technical handbooks and manuals, has released an app for Android and iOS (iPads only).  My Knovel to Go allows you to save documents from the  Knovel database to be read at a later time on your tablet.


How it works:

  1. First, access the Libraries' subscription to Knovel
  2. Create a personal account on Knovel by clicking the My Knovel link. 
  3. On the right list of links, click on Mobile Authentication / License. Cope the Mobile Athentication Code and License. 
    Note that these codes expires in just a few minutes. 
  4. Download the free My Knovel to Go app for Android or iOS
  5. Log into the app with the credentials you received in step 3. 

Once you are logged into your My Knovel account, search for content. Save any items you might wish to read later to your My Knovel account.  These will be available in your My Knovel to Go App for later use.

Wikipedia Mobile

Wikipedia Logoworks with most smart phonesYes, even librarians use Wikipedia—judiciously. For quick facts, dates, and bibliographies it can be very useful.  The mobile version of the English-language site can be found at

app for iPhoneapp for Android

Wikipedia is also available as a free app at the iTunes store and on the Android Market. 



Wolfram|Alpha Mobile

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worls with most smart phonesWolfram|Alpha isn't exactly an encyclopedia, and it isn't exactly a search engine.  The brainchild of Stephen Wolfram, this utility allows you to compute answers from information gleaned from the web.  It is especially useful for measures and conversions, mathematics and computing, and numberic sequences such as population, stock prices, or exchange rates over time.  

Wolfram|Alpha is free and you can find the mobile site at  Definitely bookmark-worthy! 

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