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New Library Guide Offers Quick Access to Mobile Optimized Databases for UNLV Researchers

By BTL on February 22, 2014 9:21 PM | Permalink

If you find yourself searching for scholarly articles, newspaper collections, or legal or business information from the UNLV University Libraries’ database collection while using an Android, iPhone, or other mobile device, you’ll benefit from a new online guide with links to the mobile versions of many popular databases.

Mobile optimized versions of search interfaces display text and images in a way that makes it easy for researchers to skim search results and save resources for later use. Apps from publishers like Nature, Springer and SSRN alert you to new content that’s relevant to your interest and connect you to UNLV’s subscription content with less wrestling with paywalls. The guide offers a selection of the best mobile sites and apps available and the Libraries have tested the sites on both Android and Apple devices.

Personal Account Access

Researchers who have created individual accounts with services like RefWorks or Web of Knowledge will have their personal libraries available on their mobile devices. Many of the databases ask users to do a one-time registration process to pair their mobile device to their personal account. For other databases, access to the mobile interfaces from off campus requires you to enter your library barcode and PIN.

Searching on the Fly

Many disciplinary databases are available on the EBSCO and ProQuest platforms. The mobile interface makes it simple for you to search either a single index, like the MLA International Bibliography or Hospitality and Tourism Complete, or to run your search across 30+ specialized collections simultaneously. The mobile platforms deliver full text fast and minimize the options or complicated choices you would be faced with in a more complex searching environment.
The Libraries will continue to investigate how UNLV researchers can make the most of our database subscriptions on tablets, e-readers, and smartphones. Continue to check the guide for updates as more mobile optimized sites or apps are released.

For mobile resource assistance, contact your liaison librarian or the Research & Information Desk . Having trouble with your PIN? Contact the Circulation Desk in Lied Library at 702-895-2111 or reset it online

  • Screenshot of the EBSCO mobile site

  • Sample Academic Search Premier search on EBSCO's mobile site

  • Sample search result listing

  • Screenshot of a detailed record