Mobile-friendly resources


General Resources

Using mobile apps and websites for research

A number of resources are now accessible on mobile devices, either via a mobile-friendly website or a dedicated app.  You can find different types of content via the tabs above.  As a general rule, you will need to be logged in through the University wi-fi network in order to access subscribed content.  In some cases, when you have done this, you can then access content off-campus for a short period of time (dependent on the provider).  Sometimes you may need to create an individual log-in for certain apps.

This list is by no means exhaustive; publishers are creating new ways to access their content all the time.  If you come across or know of any mobile app or resource that we've missed, please e-mail us at e-library@brunel.ac.uk.

 

Useful Library Resources

Name
Info
Website
Apps

BookMyne

BookMyne is a free app for iOS and Android devices provided by our systems supplier. It allows you to manage your account, renew books, place holds, and carry out basic catalogue searches.



Apple, Android

Facebook - Brunel Library Page
You can  keep up to date with the latest news and changes.
The main (non-mobile) page also has a catalogue app for finding items and managing your account
Brunel Library on Facebook

LibAnswers
Ask Library staff questions or find answers from your mobile.
Mobile-friendly website

LibraryElf
LibraryElf’s mobile site is still developing but already lets you view a calendar of your checkouts with due date alerts and direct links to renew any items due. The main site gives you full options for setting up custom notifications (by email or RSS) for checkouts and holds.” Mobile-friendly website
RefWorks
RefMobile gives you access to your references in RefWorks on your mobile.
Mobile-friendly website
Summon
Summon, which searches all of Brunel's resources, has a mobile-friendly version for searching on the move.
Mobile-friendly website

Twitter - Brunel Library

Subscribe to Library updates to stay in the know.  Follow our suggested list of people, institutions, publishers and other educational accounts to see useful updates and help your studies.

Brunel Library on Twitter

List of useful accounts


WorldCat
A global library catalogue allowing you to find what you need in local libraries. 
Mobile-friendly website

Databases

Name
Info
Website
Apps
ACM Digital Library
ACM Remote Access is available through its "mobile pairing" mechanism, which allows full access to all content through your mobile for up to 30 days. Mobile pairing instructions
 
American Mathematical Society
MathSciNet (ensure you choose the Providence, RI mirror) and AMS journals are available through its "mobile pairing" mechanism, which allows full access to all content through your mobile.
Mobile pairing instructions

Annual Reviews
Annual Reviews publishes authoritative reviews in 40 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Life, Physical, and Social Sciences.  Access is up to 2008 only.  Users can browse, search, and read full-text content on the Annual Reviews mobile site.
Mobile-friendly website

ChemSpider
ChemSpider is a free chemical structure database providing fast text and structure search access to over 26 million structures from hundreds of data sources.

Apple
EBSCOhost
EBSCOhost EJS contains the electronic versions of over 300 journals subscribed to by Brunel Library, from around 1997 onwards.  Includes a wide range of databases such as Academic Search Complete, Business Source Premier, CINAHL, Historical Abstracts, LISTA, MLA Bibliography, PsycARTICLES, PsychINFO, SPORTDiscus, MEDLINE & Teacher Reference Centre.
Mobile-friendly website
Apple, Android
Family Law Reports
The Family Law Reports app provides access to case reports of every important Family Division, Court of Appeal, House of Lords and European court case.

Apple, Android, Blackberry
HeinOnline
HeinOnline, a large online law journal library, can be accessed via an app for Apple devices.

Apple
IEEE/IET Digital Library
IEEE Xplore hosts ebooks, journals and proceedings of the IEEE, as well as ebooks published by MIT Press, and Wiley-IEEE, and journals from several other technical publishers.
Mobile-friendly website
Apple (Image search app for iPads)

 

Lexis Library

The legal database offers two apps.  Legal Terms provides on-the-go access to key points of law, while On the Case links to a wide range of case law.  An ID is required to access; this is offered free if you are a current student.

Free trial sign-up

Legal Terms (Apple), On the Case (Apple)

Nature Publishing Group
Access to 19 Nature-branded journals encompassing subjects across the life, physical and applied sciences and, most recently, clinical medicine. Content includes daily news, expert opinion, practical methodology, and high impact research and reviews. Mobile-friendly website

Apple

Naturejobs app (Apple and Android)
PubMed
US National Library of Medicine's digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature available on your mobile.
Mobile-friendly website

ScienceDirect
Android, Blackberry and iOS app offering full-text access to the Elsevier digital library, covering over 1800 scientific, technical, and medical publications.

Apple, Android, Blackberry
Scopus
Scopus is the largest ever bibliographic database and indexes over 14,000 titles from science, technology, medicine and the social sciences.  The Android, Blackberry and iOS app allows you to view abstracts.

Apple, Android, Blackberry
Social Science Research Network
Search over 260,000 research papers in the social sciences and humanities available from the open access repository of the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).
Apple

Taylor & Francis Online

Follow these instructions on how to pair your mobile device to Brunel's institutional access for up to 180 days to access the full text articles of over 1200 journals published by Taylor & Francis. Mobile friendly website
 
Web of Science
Indexes journals and conference proceedings in the arts and humanities, social science and science and technology, providing abstracts to the majority, from 1970 to date. More information.
Mobile-friendly website

 

Westlaw

Westlaw includes full text of UK, EU and US case law and legislation, including Annotated Statue, English Reports, and some full text legal journals.  The mobile version offers similar functionality but is best for finding and reading cases or statutes.

Mobile-friendly website


Journals

Name
Info
Website
Apps
American Association for Cancer Research
Full-text access to AACR Journals Mobile Edition is available to all current journal subscribers. See instructions.

Mobile-friendly website



American Institute of Physics Articles from the Journal of Mathematical Physics and Physics of Fluids are available through the AIP's iResearch app for Apple devices.
   Apple
American Mathematical Society
6 AMS journals (and MathSciNet) are available through its "mobile pairing" mechanism, which allows full access to all content through your mobile.
Mobile pairing instructions
 
ASCE Research Library The entire ASCE Library of engineering journals has been optimised for mobile devices. Mobile-friendly website
British Medical Journal There are two BMJ apps, both iOS, which provide access to BMJ content.  The first is the Student BMJ app, which enables you to read medical news and research and listen to podcasts.  The second is an iPad-only BMJ app. Mobile-friendly website
Student BMJ (for Apple), BMJ iPad
Cambridge Journals Online CJO Mobile (CJOm) provides full text access for over two hundred journals published by Cambridge University Press in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities on your mobile. Mobile-friendly website
Creative Review
Exclusive content updated each month. Username and password may be required for access, see: https://intranet.brunel.ac.uk/library/electronic/password.html#c
  Apple
Emerald Articles from prestigious management journals, covering disciplines including marketing, human resource management and even engineering. Mobile-friendly website Apple
Endocrine Society
Endo Pubs apps will enable you to access to the following journal subscriptions: Endocrine Reviews; Endocrinology; Molecular Endocrinology
  Android, Apple 
IEEE Xplore

IEEE Xplore Mobile delivers access to engineering and technology literature on the move.

Mobile-friendly website
Informa Healthcare
Just pair your mobile device while connected to WiFi@Brunel or use the links below to obtain access to seven journal subscriptions only: Disability & Rehabilitation; Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology; Journal of Interprofessional Care; Occupational Therapy in Health Care; Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics; Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics; Physiotherapy Theory and Practice.
Mobile-friendly website
 
Institute of Physics IOPscience Express is an iPhone or iPod touch app that provides access to Institute of Physics journal articles from the last two years.
Apple
JSTOR JSTOR Mobile allows full searching of JSTOR on the go.  Users can e-mail themselves articles so they can access them later on a computer. Mobile-friendly website
Nature Nature journals encompass subjects across the life, physical and applied sciences and, most recently, clinical medicine. Content includes daily news, expert opinion, practical methodology, and high impact research and reviews. Mobile-friendly website

Apple

Naturejobs app (Apple and Android)

Oxford Journals Mobile access to the Oxford Journals collection, which includes some of the world's most highly cited and prestigious Oxford University Press journals, in a broad range of subject disciplines. Mobile-friendly website
Royal Society of Chemistry The RSC Mobile app provides readers with access to search RSC journals content for users with iOS or Android devices.  Royal Society of Chemistry journals comprise a wide range of chemical science topics.
Apple, Android
SAGE Journals SAGE journals are multidisciplinary, with particular emphasis on the social sciences.  Visitors to one of the more than 640 SAGE journal sites using their iPhones, Androids or other smartphones are automatically redirected to the mobile version. Mobile-friendly website

SpringerLink
SpringerLink journals include every area of science, technology and medicine.  The SpringerLink app, available for iOS devices, makes their entire collection mobile.

Apple
Taylor & Francis
Taylor & Francis have over 1,300 humanities, social sciences and applied sciences journals.  Taylor & Francis Mobile is a mobile-optimized website designed for Android, iOS and Blackberry devices.
Mobile-friendly website

Books

In addition to the mobile-friendly collections available below, some e-books available through the Library catalogue may also be viewable on modern mobile devices (see the paragraph on Safari Books below for an example).  You can view a list of subject-specific book collections or simply load up an e-book from catalogue or Summon search results as you would normally.  Not all e-books will be viewable and not every device will be able to view e-books in this way.

Downloading a free e-book app can facilitate the reading of material, especially when accessing books from the Project Gutenberg collection.  Apps such as FBReader for Android and Lexcycle Stanza for Apple are good examples of these.

Safari Books Online offer both a mobile-friendly website and an iPad app, but unfortunately both are restricted to Safari subscribers with an individual Safari username and password.  It is possible to connect to the Safari collection through the databases list as you would on a regular computer.  It won't be as convenient but e-books are still viewable.

 

Name
Info
Website
Apps
British Library 19th Century Books
Discover over 60,000 historical titles from the British Library’s 19th century book collection. It includes classic novels, works of philosophy, history and science.
iPad
e-Duke Books
Access to more than 100 scholarly frontlist e-books published by Duke University Press during 2012 in the humanities and social sciences. Mobile-friendly website

Google Books
Search, preview and view millions of books using Google Books.
Mobile-friendly website
Apple, Android
Project Gutenberg Offers over 38,000 free e-books.  You will need an e-book app on your device to view content you download.
Mobile-friendly website
 Springer Protocols
More than 28,000 protocols templated into four sections—Introduction, Materials, Methods, Notes—Used primarily in the life sciences, protocols provide individual sets of instructions to allow scientists to recreate experiments in their own laboratories.
Mobile-friendly website
 

News

Name Info Website Apps
Al-Jazeera The Middle East's foremost independent news network. Mobile-friendly website

Apple, Android, Blackberry, Samsung & Nokia

BBC News Live, regularly updated national and international news from the BBC. Mobile-friendly website

Apple, Android, Blackberry

Bloomberg
The latest business news and data on your mobile. 
Mobile-friendly website
Apple, Android, Blackberry, Nokia
Channel 4 News
Latest news from Channel 4.

Apple, Android
CNN American news network providing up-to-the-minute international news.

Mobile-friendly website

Android

Daily Mail
The Daily Mail newspaper is accessible on mobiles via a specialised mobile site or a downloadable app.  iPhone users will require a paid subscription.

Mobile-friendly website

Apple (subscription required), Android

The Economist
Weekly magazine taking an unbiased viewpoint on not only economic affairs, but on a range of political and business issues.

iPhone & iPod touch, iPad, Android

Financial Times
FT.com supports a range of disciplines from accounting and international relations to economics and management. To gain access to FT.com please register your Brunel University email address to create a unique username and password. Mobile-friendly website
iPhone & iPod touch, iPad, Android
The Guardian

The Guardian newspaper is available via mobile devices in a number of ways.  Please be aware the iOS apps have more content available but require a paid subscription.

Mobile-friendly website

iPhone & iPod touch (subscription required), iPad (subscription required), Android, Windows mobile

The Independent
The Independent newspaper has a host of options for accessing its content on the go – a website designed for mobiles, and apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry users.

Mobile-friendly website

 

Apple, Android, Blackberry

ITN
ITN news as it breaks on a variety of platforms.
Mobile-friendly website
Apple, Android
Paperboy
Paperboy is a list of links to the websites of regional, national and international newspapers; you can search for publication titles, but not for specific topics or articles.

Mobile-friendly website
 


Reuters
Reuters is a well-known, Canadian-owned business news and financial information service.
Mobile-friendly website
Apple, Android, Blackberry
Sky News
Sky News is available on almost every device, via its mobile website or its large range of apps.
Mobile-friendly website
Apple, Android, Blackberry, Windows mobile
The Telegraph
The Daily & Sunday Telegraph are available free through the mobile version of its site; there are apps available but they require a paid subscription.
Mobile-friendly website

The Washington Post
One of America’s leading daily newspapers, known for its political reporting, and with several foreign bureaus providing international news.
Mobile-friendly website
Apple, Android

Other Resources

Name
Info
Website
Apps
IMDb
Comprehensive database of film, TV & video games.  Updated daily.
Mobile-friendly website
Apple, Android, Windows mobile
International Monetary Fund eLibrary

Access and visualise IMF statistical data, as well as global economic reports and publications.


Apple

OECD Factbook
OECD Factbook provides a global overview of today’s major economic, social and environmental indicators.

Apple, Android
SpringerImages
The SpringerImages app provides access to a continuously updated and expanding collection of over 300,000 free images spanning the scientific, technical and medical fields.

Apple
TED
TED is a collection of free educational talks about "ideas worth spreading" in a wide range of science and cultural topics.

Apple, Android
United Nations CountryStats
A data visualization tool to compare key economic, social, environmental, trade, and area & population indicators for 216 countries and territories.

Apple
Wikipedia
The ubiquitous encyclopaedia has many options for mobile access.  The official apps are linked here, but there are many other third-party apps for a variety of devices.
Mobile-friendly website
Apple, Android
Wolfram | Alpha
The "computational knowledge engine" is a specialised search engine that is best for mathematics, computing, and analysing information.  There is a mobile version of the site.  There are also apps for iOS and Android but they are not free.

Mobile-friendly website


World Bank Datafinder
Comprehensive data about development in countries around the globe available on your mobile.

Apple, Android

 

Page last updated: Friday 14 June 2013