Recommended mobile apps

By: Jill Boruff & Robin Canuel

This summer, the Library formed a mobile apps committee. Part of the committee’s mandate was to create a web presence for library-supported mobile apps, and to select and promote apps which optimize the use of library-licensed resources. Starting this week the library will be promoting our first two highlighted apps, BrowZine and PressReader.

BrowZine delivers thousands of academic journals to your iPad or Android tablet. BrowZine works by organizing the articles found in Open Access and subscription databases, uniting them into complete journals, then arranging these journals on a common newsstand. The result is an easy and familiar way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals across the disciplines. Not all our journal subscriptions are available through BrowZine, but thousands are, and many more are being added. For example, journal aggregators such as Ovid, ProQuest, and EBSCO, will be added on October 31.

BrowZine allows you to:

• Read complete scholarly journals in a browsable format on your tablet.

• Create a personal bookshelf of your favourite journals.

• Get alerts when new issues of journals are published.

PressReader is an app which you use to access and download the over 2,000 full-content newspapers & magazines accessible via our PressDisplay subscription. To download newspapers you must be on the university network, either on the McGill WiFi, or from home using the Virtual Private Network (VPN).

PressReader allows you to:

• Access newspapers from over 100 countries in more than 55 languages.

• Read your favourite publications from cover-to-cover, just as you would in print.

• Enhance your reading experience with PressReader’s interactive features.

McGill Library users can go to our new recommended mobile apps page to locate links to the Apple App Store, and Google Play, where they will find instructions for download and using apps. Recommended mobile apps page is located here and will be updated regularly:

http://www.mcgill.ca/library/services/computers/mobile

Library users can now easily read and follow favourite scholarly journals with BrowZine.

Library users can now easily read and follow favourite scholarly journals with BrowZine.

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