Research on the Go: Accessing Library Databases via Mobile Devices

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Presented at the Spring 2010 meeting of the Indiana Online Users Group (IOLUG) May 14, 2010. program was titled "You Can Take it With You: Libraries Moving into the Mobile." My presentation was on how to access commercial and non commercial databases with mobile devices. An iPhone was used for demonstration purposes.

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Research on the Go: Accessing Library Databases via Mobile Devices

  1. 1. Research on the Go:<br />Accessing Library Databases <br />via Mobile Devices<br />Richard Bernier<br />Rose-HulmanInstitute of Technology<br />IOLUG Spring Meeting - May 14, 2010<br />
  2. 2. Why?<br />Increasing number of people use mobile computing devices<br />With faster networks and an ever increasing number of apps, mobile devices increasingly become a part of people’s daily lives.<br />
  3. 3. Limitations<br />Often lacking full search capability<br />Search screen may be mobile friendly, but documents may not be.<br />May need to maintain two library websites or two sets of links (traditional & mobile) OR simply have one scaled down website that is mobile friendly.<br />
  4. 4. Two Types<br />Mobile friendly website designed for mobile devices<br />Application Based<br />
  5. 5. Mobile friendly Websites<br />No need to download any special apps so it will work with any device with Internet access.<br />Extra link to mobile friendly website<br />Mobile friendly websites such as EBSCOhost still require user authentication<br />Some do not provide full text access but allow access to abstracts and an option to email article.<br />
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  17. 17. Editing Direct Links to Specific Databases<br />http://search.ebscohost.com/login.asp?profile=web&defaultdb=aph<br />http://m.ebscohost.com/login.asp?profile=mobsmart&defaultdb=aph <br />
  18. 18. Video demonstrations of EBSCOhost, Encyclopedia Britannica and USA.gov are viewed at this point.<br />
  19. 19. Other Examples<br />Encyclopedia Britannica<br />USA.gov<br />
  20. 20. WorldCat<br />Uses a mobile application<br />Download from AppStore or go to www.worldcat.org/m<br />Apple iPhone<br />Blackberry<br />Palm OS 5.4 or later<br />MIDP 2.0, CLDC 1.1 Java<br />Nokia<br />Windows Mobile 5.0<br />Complete list of supported phones at http://worldcat.boopsie.com/home/phones.html<br />
  21. 21. WorldCat<br />Capabilities<br />Search for library materials—Enter search terms such as keywords, author or title<br />Find a WorldCat library near you—Enter your ZIP code or location in the Libraries Locator<br />Call a library—Highlight and click the phone number in a library listing to place a call<br />Map a route—Find the fastest way to a WorldCat library using the mapping software already on your device<br />
  22. 22. WorldCat video demonstrations are viewed at this point.<br />
  23. 23. Conclusion<br />Many of our users have already integrated mobile computing into their daily lives<br />We should want them to integrate the library into that realm. <br />Functionality of mobile databases will continue to improve and become more sophisticated in the future.<br />

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