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List of resources and applications for mobile devices.

Welcome to the Mobile Devices & Apps LibGuide!

Welcome to the Madigan Library LibGuide for Mobile Devices & Apps! Here you will find links and information on how to use your mobile device more efficiently for research, productivity, and just getting through a busy day.

At this point the focus is on iOS (iPhone & iPad) and Android devices.


Please note that the library cannot offer support for these apps and that any problems should be referred to the database/app provider. Not all of the apps listed are free of charge.

Also please check that the app you chose to download will be compatible with the make and model of your device.

What is a mobile device?

"A mobile device (also known as a handheld devicehandheld computer or simply handheld) is a small, hand-held computing device, typically having a display screen with touch input and/or a miniature keyboard and weighing less than 2 pounds (0.91 kg). Apple, HTC, LG, Research in Motion (RIM) and Motorola are just a few examples of the many manufacturers that produce these types of devices."

Source: Wikipedia

Mobile App Definition

"A mobile application (or mobile app) is a software application designed to run on smartphonestablet computers and other mobile devices. They are available through application distribution platforms, which are typically operated by the owner of the mobile operating system, such as the Apple App StoreGoogle PlayWindows Phone Store andBlackBerry App World. Some apps are free, while others have a price. Usually, they are downloaded from the platform to a target device, such as an iPhoneBlackBerryAndroidphone or Windows Phone, but sometimes they can be downloaded to less mobile computers, such as laptops or desktops."

Source: Wikipedia      cellphone

Organizing Your Apps

Article about organizing apps by action rather than category.LifeHacker Logo

App News and Reviews

The websites listed here regularly feature reviews and news about mobile apps.

Subject Guide

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App Stores

Here are some of the major websites that provide downable apps, either for free or a fee. Be sure to select the correct version of the app for your device.

Mobile Device Security

 Here are some simple safeguards to help ensure the security of your device and the data on it. Lock and key

  • Enable the auto-lock feature on your device
  • Enable password protection
  • Only connect to known, secure Wi-Fi networks
  • Keep device software up to date
  • Only buy apps from trusted sources (apps stores)
  • Backup your data regularly
  • Don't use auto-complete functions that remember usernames and passwords
  • Enable remote wipe in case your phone is lost or stolen

Mobile Security Apps

Install these apps to make your mobile devices more secure.

Productivity Apps

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55 Apps That Can Make You More Productive
Buckle down and get productive with these excellent apps for managing your work, running your business, collaborating with teams, and much more.