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Mobile Apps for Library Resources


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What is the guide about?

The ACG Libraries subscribe to many databases that give you access to a variety of sources, such as books, articles, videos, and more. The content of most of these databases is made available through platforms that optimize for use on mobile devices (i.e., mobile websites ). Some have mobile apps, which allow you to easily and quickly access their content on the go.

The purpose of this guide is to let you know which of the library databases come with a mobile app, where you can download these apps from, what special features they offer, and how you can link them to the respective databases to take advantage of their content. You can click one of the tabs on the right to discover the app(s) that accompany each library resource.

What is a mobile app?

"App" is short for the word application. A mobile app is a computer program designed to operate on a mobile device, such as a mobile phone or tablet.

Mobile apps are different than desktop apps, which are built to operate on desktop computers or laptops. Mobile apps are usually created to operate only on the device for which they are intended. In most cases, mobile app developers create different versions of the same application to cover most types of devices.

Mobile apps may be distinguished in three types: native apps , web-based apps , also called web apps, and hybrid apps , even though the app type is not always evident to simple users.