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A guide containing recommended apps for research, ebook reading, and document storage, sharing, annotating and citing.
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Welcome!

Welcome to the LibGuide on Apps for Research!

This guide will cover apps that I find useful for research, ebook reading, document storage and annotation, and organizing references and notes.

Below are general apps for iPhones/iPads and Android devices recommended for students. Most are free, some cost money. Those that cost money are marked with The tabs along the top cover specific types of apps and give details on using them.

Let me know if you have any suggestions or questions. My contact info and/or online chat can be found on the help tab of this guide.

iPhone/iPad Apps

  • AppStart for iPad
    Gives great tips and ideas for using your iPad along with app suggestions.
  • GoodReader  Icon
    PDF Reader with the ability to annotate, transfer, manage and sync files See Our GoodReader Guide
  • Evernote
    Create text, photo and audio notes
    ● Auto-synchronize your notes to your Mac, PC, and Web
    ● Magically makes text within snapshots searchable
    ● All notes include geo-location information for mapping and search

    See Our Evernote Guide
  • Instapaper  Icon
    Save web pages for later offline reading, optimized for readability on your screen See Our Instapaper Guide
  • Dropbox
    Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.
  • JotNot Pro  Icon
    Document scanner for iPad. Take a picture of a document and turn it into a PDF or JPG and then send via email or fax.
  • Google Search
    Search the web faster and easier with the latest Search app from Google. If you have a Google Account, sign up with it from within the app to use other Google Tools.
  • Flipboard
    Flipboard creates a personalized magazine out of everything being shared with you, from Instagram photos and Facebook updates to Tumblr posts and articles from your favorite publications. Fill Flipboard with the things you like to read and use Instapaper to save articles to read later. Connect Flipboard to all your social networks, and you'll have a single place to enjoy, browse, comment on and share all the news, photos and updates that matter to you.
  • Google Translate
    Translate words and phrases between more than 60 languages using Google Translate for iOS. For most languages, you can speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations.
  • TED Mobile
    TED Mobile allows you to watch the latest TED videos based on Themes, Talks and Tags.
  • Bluefire Reader
    A universal eBook reader that allows you to download eBooks purchased in a variety of places and read them on your iPad. This app allows you to download and read MCLA library ebooks.
  • QR Reader
    Barcode and QR code scanning app.
  • WorldCat
    Not an app but the mobile site of World Cat, a catalog of libraries around the world. Save the website to your home screen by using the icon at the bottom of the page with the arrow on it and choosing "Add to Home Screen"
  • Khan Academy
    Khan Academy allows you to learn almost anything for free. This app is the best way to view Khan Academy’s complete library of over 3,200 videos. We cover a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on finance and history.
  • Wolfram Alpha
    An online service that answers factual queries directly by computing the answer from structured data, rather than providing a list of documents or web pages that might contain the answer as a search engine might.
  • Articles - Wikipedia Reader
    Although not recommended for citing in college level work, Wikipedia is a great place to get an overview of your research topic and the note important names and terms to use when searching more scholarly sources.
  • Dictionary
    A dictionary plus: Words searched near you, Voice activated search, What's hot & in the news, Word of the Day updates
  • More Apps
    Jump to the page of writing, note-taking, and citation apps

Android Apps

  • iAnnotate PDF
    While not as useful as GoodReader for iPad, iAnnotate gets high marks as being a useful Android alternative.

    For reading and annotating PDFs on your Android tablet. Lets you annotate, manage, search, and share documents. Take notes on lecture slides, annotate business documents, sign contracts, and much more.
  • Evernote
    Create text, photo and audio notes
    ● Auto-synchronize your notes to your Mac, PC, and Web
    ● Magically makes text within snapshots searchable
    ● All notes include geo-location information for mapping and search

    See Our Evernote Guide
  • Instapaper  Icon
    Save web pages for later offline reading, optimized for readability on your screen See Our Instapaper Guide
  • Dropbox
    Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily.
  • Portable Scanner  Icon
    Scan documents using your phone into PDF files. Scan documents using your phone into the ubiquitous PDF files. Image sharpening techniques used by Portable Scanner almost always result in a clear scan ideal for on computer viewing as well as printing. An ideal tool for on the go scanning.
  • Google Search
    Search the web and your phone with the official Google Search app. Get phone search results plus web search and web site suggestions as you type. Google Search will learn which items you click on most to make it even easier to get what you want quickly.
  • Flipboard
    Flipboard creates a personalized magazine out of everything being shared with you, from Instagram photos and Facebook updates to Tumblr posts and articles from your favorite publications. Fill Flipboard with the things you like to read and use Instapaper to save articles to read later. Connect Flipboard to all your social networks, and you'll have a single place to enjoy, browse, comment on and share all the news, photos and updates that matter to you.
  • Google Translate
    Translate words and phrases between more than 64 languages using Google Translate for Android. For most languages, you can speak your phrases and hear the corresponding translations.
  • TED Talks
    TED Talks allows you to watch the latest TED videos based on Themes, Talks and Tags.
  • Bluefire Reader
    A universal eBook reader that allows you to download eBooks purchased in a variety of places and read them on your iPad. This app allows you to download and read MCLA library ebooks.
  • QR Reader for Android
    Barcode and QR code scanning app
  • WorldCat
    Not an app but the mobile site of World Cat, a catalog of libraries around the world. Save the website to your home screen by using the icon at the bottom of the page with the arrow on it and choosing "Add to Home Screen"
  • KhAndroid (Khan Academy)
    Not an official app by Khan Academy, this app nonetheless offers Android users many of the online videos. Khan covers a massive number of topics, including K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even the humanities with playlists on finance and history.
  • Wolfram Alpha
    An online service that answers factual queries directly by computing the answer from structured data, rather than providing a list of documents or web pages that might contain the answer as a search engine might.
  • Articles - Wikipedia Reader
    Although not recommended for citing in college level work, Wikipedia is a great place to get an overview of your research topic and the note important names and terms to use when searching more scholarly sources.
  • Dictionary
    A dictionary plus: Words searched near you, Voice activated search, What's hot & in the news, Word of the Day updates
  • More Apps
    Jump to the page of writing, note-taking, and citation apps
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