EBSCOhost app for iPhone

Todd Vandenbark

Logo for appAmong the publishers that provides subscription databases for Eccles, Marriott and Quinney libraries is EBSCO Publishing, which hosts databases such as Academic Search Premier, CINAHL, Health Source, MedicLatina and dozens more. Using the EBSCOhost app our library patrons can search this wealth of information right from their iPhone or iPod touch. I discovered it when conducting a search today for a particular issue of a journal.

At the bottom of any EBSCO search or search results page there is a link “New: EBSCOhost iPhone/iPod Touch Application.” When clicked on, this link opens a window where you can enter your email to receive the two-step instructions for installing the app.

  1. Download the app from the iTunes App Store, and sync it to your iPhone/iPod touch.
  2. EBSCO sends you a verification email. View the email on your iPhone and tap on the link to authenticate your app in order to access all the subscription databases University of Utah Libraries subscribe to.

According to the iTunes App Store, this robust app “enables users to:

  • Choose which databases to search
  • Limit results to full text or peer reviewed
  • Sort by relevance or date
  • Retrieve full text results in HTML and/or PDF formats
  • Save results for offline access at a later date
  • Email results to self or others
  • View cover flow display of results”

In addition, it will save your 25 most recent searches automatically.

One feature that is lacking is the ability to export results to citation management software such as EndNote. Perhaps if EBSCO made it possible to sync search results with the “My EBSCOhost” feature of the online version, the end user could easily save their search results to EndNote when they get back to their computer.

Have you used EBSCOhost’s mobile app, or another one like it? Tell us about it!