Accessing library e-resources from mobile devices

Some library e-resources are now available on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Access is supported by either adapted sites or specific software applications.

  • Mobile Friendly Websites

These are accessible from most devices as they have modified pages to display correctly on smaller screens.

  • Applications (Apps)

These use software written specifically for a website or resource. Each mobile device requires a dedicated version of the software. The ‘App’ can be installed on a mobile device and used to access the resources.

Suppliers are continually developing mobile access, so it’s best to check whether your specific device is supported by looking on the web-site of the resource you want to use.

Note that devices may not work on all mobile sites due to varying support for software such as flash, javascript, etc, and file formats such as pdf or video.

Also remember to consider the terms of your mobile contract and the potential cost before downloading large files.

If you are on campus, you may wish to make use of the University network. Details on how to connect to the University network

The following site may also provide some useful information: http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=M-Libraries#Publishers_offering_databases_for_mobile_devices