Researching on the Go

Researching on the Go

As a Registered Nurse, I enjoy reading articles that keep me informed of the latest news in medical and nursing research. I equally enjoy these valuable free apps that render researching, on the go, simple and stress-free.

Prime by Unbound Medicine | Apple | Android | Web | Microsoft

Screenshot of Prime by Unbound Medicine
Prime by Unbound Medicine

From Unbound Medicine:

Formerly known as Unbound MEDLINE, Prime has been completely redesigned. It comes with an enhanced search functionality, ability to organize your research, and alerts when new articles of interest to you are published.

In the “For You” section, articles, related to your favorite topics, aggregate here. In the “Browse” section, you can re-visit articles marked as favorites, take a look at the articles you have read through the history, add or remove journals that you want to follow (or unfollow) and look at any notes that you might have added. Digg a little deeper into the menus and you will find a handy color coded guide that helps distinguish the different publication types.

You have now the option of setting your preferred institution in Prime but, at this time, it doesn’t appear to do much as you are not prompted to enter your login information when opening up a full text article. Unless you have individual access for a number of the journals out there, stick to searching for free/open access full text to save yourself the heartache. Though to be fair, a nice amount of open access articles do show up in the “For You” section to balance it out. By the way, a quick note on the Android and Microsoft versions is that, these versions have not been updated respectively since 2013 and 2014, thus lacking the new features available in Prime, but remaining quite useful.

Read by QXMD | Apple | Android | Web

Screenshot of Read by QXMD
Read by QXMD

From QXMD:

Read by QXMD helps you keep up-to-date with groundbreaking research in your area of practice. Leverage your existing university affiliation and subscription to get one-touch access to thousands of premium PDF articles from high-impact journals like the New England Journal of Medicine and the Lancet right on your iPad, iPhone, Android and web portal.

In Read, your institutional login is put to good use. Once set up, it becomes an absolute joy discovering breakthrough articles. Fully featured, Read is my most used application. You can also follow journals, but what I enjoy most about Read is how interactive it is. You can add a comment or question to jump start a conversation about the contents of the article or follow public collections made by other readers.

Here you can set a keyword or phrase
Here you can set a keyword or phrase

You can also make your own collection and choose to keep it private or make it available to the community. Another nice feature constitutes the fact of being able to set a keyword or phrase, which Read will accumulate and then expose all of the interesting articles that correspond to that keyword or phrase. You can annotate the articles that you find but you can only do so in the iPad version of the app. Android users, forgive me if you are able to do this interchangeably – I don’t have an Android device to give it a proper run-through. If your institution is not listed when you first set up the app, send the developers a request and they will figure out a workaround. It worked wonders for me!

EBSCOhost by EBSCO | Apple | Android | Web

EBSCOhost by EBSCO
EBSCOhost by EBSCO

From EBSCO:

EBSCOhost databases and discovery technologies are the most-used, premium online information resources for tens of thousands of institutions worldwide. This free app ensures that users get the most from searching premium EBSCOhost database content, provided courtesy of your library. The app enables users to search, limit results to full text or peer reviewed, retrieve full text results in HTML and/or PDF formats, email results to self or others and save results for offline access at a later date.

I use this app when I am doing more of a broad search. I appreciate that I can specifically set the search to include peer reviewed articles, which is incredibly handy for research assignments that stress this requirement. It is a tiny bit cumbersome to set up institutional access within the app but once you are in, you have access to truly premium content. Android users, at the present time EBSCOhost hasn’t been updated since 2011 but, the functionality is largely the same.

Hope you have find these apps useful. Happy researching!

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