Can’t Get to the Library? 7 Great Mobile Apps & Sites to Help You Research

iphone-in-handNeed to do a crazy amount of research for that paper, but don’t know if you’ll have enough time for the library? Don’t worry – you have one right in your pocket! With today’s ever-growing advances in smartphones and mobile devices, there’s an abundance of convenient apps and mobile sites you can use to conduct research. While the “physical” library provides you invaluable resources, the following apps and mobile sites are especially handy if you find yourself on the go:


Questia’s app helps students research, accurately cite sources, format papers in different styles, and organize notes. At no cost, students can research from a librarian-vetted collection of over 77,000 academic books and 4 million journal articles.


Using the mobile site or app, you can search for and read articles about a variety of topics. Students can take advantage of many features like the ability to choose which databases to search, retrieve full text results in HTML or PDF formats, save results for offline access, and email results to themselves and others.


This site and app allow you to search for and request books from libraries closest to you and around the world. You also have the ability to renew books.


With this site and app, you can search, read, and manage life science PDFs. You have a choice to read them on the spot or download them for later. Have an iPad? The app allows for the delivery of full text journal articles straight to your device.

Wolfram Alpha

This site and app allow you to search hard-to-find information, including a lot of scientific data about physics, chemistry, astronomy, and math.  Students also benefit from diagrams and images in results, making it easier to understand the data and text.

ARTstor Mobile

With art at your fingertips, search and browse the ARTstor’s Digital Library of over a million images. You can also view search results in list form; tap to enlarge or rotate images; and study and quiz yourself with the flashcard view.


Often the most dreaded part of research, fear citations no longer.  EasyBib has been a go-to website for students for years. But if you find yourself away from a computer, the app also allows you to create MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or typing a book’s name.

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