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Mobile Apps for Research: Home

At the "There's an App for That" workshop, we discussed a few of our favorite mobile apps. This guide presents a brief overview of the apps shared in the workshop.

Texas Tech-specific Apps

Book Raider
App developed by the Texas Tech University Libraries allows you to scan books to see if they are available for check out, or request books from the TTU Library or through interlibrary loananywhere at any time. Available for iOS and Android.

TTU Mobile
TTU Mobile gives you access to the latest information about Texas Tech University in the palm of your hand. Available for iOS and Android.

WEPA Print App 
This one isn't only for TTU users, but there are several wēpa kiosks located in the Library and around campus. Send documents from your device to the wēpa system so you can print the documents at any wēpa print station. Available for iOS and Android.

Self-paced Learning

Mango Languages
Ready to start a conversation? With Mango Languages’ Library Edition App you have free access to over 40 foreign language courses and 15 English for non-native speakers. To access Mango Languages through the TTU subscription, you must create an account with Mango Languages via the Library’s website. Available for iPhone and Android.
Access thousands of video tutorials on leading software including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, statistical software, and more. To access through the TTU subscription, connect via the Web Portal, provide your organization’s URL:, then sign in through your eRaider account. Available for iOS and Android.

Productivity, Note-taking, & Homework Aids

Evernote helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use. Evernote lets you take notes, snap photos, create to-do lists, scan business cards, record voice remindersand it makes everything searchable, whether you are at home, in class, or on the go. Available for iOS and Android. 

Penultimate gives you the convenience and feel of writing on paper with the added power and availability of Evernote. Take notes in class or a meeting, journal your thoughts, or outline your next big ideain class, on the go, or at home on the sofa. Available for iPad.

Make your own study sets and flashcards. Quiz yourself, track your progress and set reminders to study what you need to know. Select the study mode best for you whether it's flipping flashcards or using review sheets. Personalize your study sets with advanced formatting features, images and audio. Available for iOS and Android.

This graphing calculator app can display both 2-D and 3-D graphs. Its simple interface makes it easy to enter or edit equations and visualize them in mathematical notation. Cartesian, polar, spherical, and cylindrical coordinates can be displayed and copied, emailed or saved to the photo library. Available for iOS.

E-books & E-readers

Bluefire Reader is my favorite way to read copy-protected eBooks on a mobile device. With Bluefire Reader you can read EPUB and PDF eBooks from retailers, publishers and libraries around the world. Available for iOS and Android. 

The Kindle app gives users the ability to read Kindle books, newspapers, magazines, textbooks and PDFs on an easy-to-use interface. Sync your last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across devices (including Kindle), so you can pick up your book where you left off on another device. Amazon's Kindle Store sells more than a million books. Available for iOS and Android.

**TTU doesn't provide a connection to OverDrive.** However, I still use this app regularly for leisure reading through the Lubbock Public Library. Through OverDrive, you can borrow eBooks, audiobooks, or streaming video and view them on a mobile device or desktop browser. A valid account with a participating library or other institution is required. Available for iOS and Android.

Google Apps

The one and only Google created an app that lets you use voice searching to get answers, find stuff nearby, and get things done. Using these lesser-known Google Search Features will give more targeted results. Available for iOS and Android. 

Google Translate
Google's free online language translation service instantly translates text into more than 80 languages. Directly translate speech and handwriting, and listen to your translations spoken aloud. View dictionary results for single words or phrases. Available for iOS and Android.

Google Drive
Save all your files to have them within reach from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. All your files in Drivesuch as your videos, photos, and documentsare backed up safely so you can’t lose them. Easily invite others to view, edit, or leave comments on any of your files or folders. Drive starts you with 15 GB of free Google storage. Available for iOS and Android.

Online File Storage

Dropbox lets you save all your photos, docs, and videos and share them easily. Access any file you save to your Dropbox from all your computers, mobile devices, and the web. 2 GB of free online storage. Available for iOS and Android.

OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) stores and shares photos, videos, documents, and more. Upload photos or videos from your device to OneDrive, then access them from your PC, Mac, tablet, or phone. Receive extra online storage through your TTU email address. Available for iOS and Android.

Citation Management

Create MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or typing the name of a book. Build and manage your works cited. Email or export your citations to's bibliography management service. Available for iOS and Android.

Mendeley can become your personal research library. Carry thousands of PDFs in your pocket. Read and annotate them on the go, search your entire library, and easily sync everything between your devices and Mendeley Desktop. Available for iOS

colwiz is free software for researchers, academics and students. The mobile app will sync your research articles, attachments and annotations with the Desktop App, enabling you to take your research with you while you are travelling, at a conference, or relaxing on the couch. Available for iOS and Android.

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Kimberly Vardeman
Texas Tech University Library
Basement, Office 4
(806) 834-4156

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