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Off Campus Student Resources: Mobile Device Searching

Database Providers Mobile Information

EBSCO has free apps for E-books, Audio books and article searching.  However, if you just go through a browser search, EBSCO automatically gives you a mobile view on a smart phone.  Tablets usually do not default to the mobile view, but keep you on the desktop view unless you download and use the mobile app.

GALE has free apps for Apple and Android devices for searching their products.

JSTOR will also automatically recognize your mobile device and present a modified format for your screen size.

LexisNexis has apps for searching on mobile devices.

SAGE automatically redirects you to a mobile version of their journals and search pages. 


Ebook Central Downloading Instructions

ebrary recommends Adobe Editions and Bluefire for ebook reading on your mobile device.  Here's directions from their support site for downloading to Bluefire:

We recommend using a browser on your device to access your ebrary site and to download the book directly to your device:


I. On your device, use a browser to connect to Adobe and sign in with your Adobe ID or create an Adobe ID:

1. Go to

2. Sign in, or to create an Adobe ID click “Get Adobe ID


II. Install Bluefire on your device

1. On your device, click App Store (for iOS) or Play Store (for Android)

2. Search for “Bluefire Reader

3. Install it on your device

After the above has been done once on your device, START HERE:

III. Download books using your device:

1. On your device, use a browser to connect to your ebrary site

– Use the same URL as when accessing ebrary from a computer

– For authorized access to your ebrary site, you will need to either:

— Use an authenticated campus Wi-Fi

— Or, if your site uses Single Sign On (SSO), sign in as usual

— Or, if your site uses proxied links, use a proxied link

Optionally, go to your library website, look for ebrary (perhaps under “Databases”), click the link to ebrary

Note, on iOS devices, use Safari (Chrome does not work well)

2. Sign in to your personal ebrary account (if not auto-signed-in)

– Or, if you haven’t yet created one, see this how-to.

3. Search in ebrary for the document you want to download

4. Click the “Download” button

5. Select the option to download the entire book, click “OK

6a. On iOS devices:

– You’ll be given the option to “Open In:” a suggested reader

– If Bluefire isn’t the listed reader, click “” to see the list

– Select “Bluefire

6b. On Android devices:

– The downloaded ebook is put in your default download folder

– To find it, go to your apps, open “My Files” (or similar)

— If you don’t have a file navigator app, please install one

– Once you have found your downloaded ebook

— Click to select it

— In menu at top, select “Move to”, “Bluefire”, “Imports

– Go to the Bluefire app

– Use settings to “Upload files from SD

– Your downloaded book will then be listed in Bluefire.

IV. Read downloaded books – no internet access required:

1. On your device, open the Bluefire app

2. From within Bluefire, open one of the books you’ve downloaded

3. Read and enjoy!

Note, you can also return downloaded books from within Bluefire.