I recently taught a fun workshop called “Mobile Apps for Research and Education.” We talked about some apps to access library databases, then shared some favorite apps for getting work done.
The mobile apps for accessing library resources are always a bit weird. Because libraries and institutions pay lots of money for access to databases from Proquest, Ebsco, Elsevier, etc., their mobile apps and websites need to have a way of figuring out that the mobile user is associated with one of those institutions. They do this in a variety of ways, some of which are annoying all the time and some of which are annoying just once in a while.
Some of these apps or websites allow you to search for and find out that an article exists, and perhaps learn a bit about the article (an abstract): The PubMed mobile website is like this. Other apps allow you to access the full text content of a particular article, but aren’t very good at searching: The ACS Mobile app allows you full text access to current research.