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Using Smartphones, Tablets and Ebook Readers with Library Resources

Using Smartphones, Tablets and Ebook Readers with Library Resources

A picture of a PDAIf you have a Smartphone, ebook reader (e.g. Kindle), or PDA, you probably want to use it to access the libraries' wonderful resources. 

The first thing to keep in mind is that all of our resources are IP authenticated.  So if you are Wi-Fi and logged into UCR Mobilenet or Library Guest, you are good to go.  Otherwise, you might have to download the resources from a campus or remotely connected computer and upload the item to your mobile.

iPhone, Windows Pocket PC 2002-2003 and Palm devices all have VPN options that would allow you to connect to UCR resources from your mobile device when not on campus. 

The Library Website

The mobile version of the website allows you to look up books in the catalog, find articles in mobile optimized databases, contact a librarian, find our hours, sign up for a workshop and more. You can find it at http://m.library.ucr.edu

Our Catalogs

The mobile version of our catalog that we include in the mobile site is a beta mobile version of the pilot Worldcat Melvyl UCR local catalog. It does not come up with the exact same results as the desktop version, but it is pretty likely to get you to what you are looking for quickly.

Scotty: It is possible, even easy to search scotty on a mobile device.  It is somewhat harder to read the results.  We are working on a feature to send the information for items you find in Scotty as text messages.

Melvyl/Worldcat: There is a Worldcat App that will allow you to look up materials and see if UCR or any other libraries have the item(s) you are looking for www.worldcat.org/m/.  It is in Beta, and unlike the Next Generation Melvyl, it doesn't allow you to specifically see what is available at UC campuses.

Databases

Ebsco Databases including Academic Search Complete

Mobile MedlinePlus (Information on medical conditions)
Mobile PubMed
IEEE Xplore
and more...

eBooks and eJournals

Unprotected PDF's

Some of our resources allow our users to download unprotected PDF images.  If this is the case, you will be able to download the files and (somehow) put them into your PDA.  The instructions for this will vary by the make and model of your mobile device.  For Kindle, you would email the PDF to your Kindle address.  For Palm, you would use your Palm Acrobat to convert your file before syncing.  You can consult your device's manufacturer for information.  Resources which provide unprotected PDF's include nearly all of our eJournals, our SpringerLink eBooks (chapter-by-chapter) and  Access Engineering (chapter-by-chapter).

Specific Resources

American Chemical Society (iPhone, iPod Touch)
Gale Databases and ebooks, including the opposing Viewpoints Resource Center - iPhone App, AccessMyLibrary College
NCBI Bookshelf - Collection of medical books available in mobipocket format

 

 

 

Last modified: 8/19/2014 2:35 PM by M. Potter

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