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Mobile Resources: Biomedical: Introduction

Free and library-provided mobile device apps and websites.

About this Research Guide

This guide is dedicated to webpages and downloadable applications (apps) for mobile devices, particularly for their use in education and the field of health care.  

The following symbols represent on which device each application can operate:

 iPad                                                                iPhone                                                              Android

iPad Loan Program

 The Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries are pleased to offer iPads for checkout to Dartmouth and DHMC faculty, staff and students with current library borrower accounts.  The availability of these iPads  is part of a partnership with the Geisel School of Medicine, meant to increase the use of educational technology for enhancing teaching and learning for Geisel, the Life Sciences, and the greater Dartmouth/DHMC Community.  For more information, see the libraries' webpage: http://bit.ly/1Lh0ZBn

Evaluating Mobile Resources in Medicine

Some mobile applications like Micromedex, Epocrates, and NEJM are mobile versions of resources that are already considered professionally reliable. Taking that into consideration, it is important to remember that in most cases anyone can create a mobile phone app. There are applications you may not readily recognize and will need to evaluate further. When considering mobile applications you should use most of the same criteria that you would use when evaluating a website:

  • Who is the Author and what are their credentials? Can they be verified?
  • When was the application created and when was its most recent update?
  • How current is the information presented?
  • Who is the intended audience? Is it professional or targeted toward consumers?
  • Are there any sources cited for the information provided?
  • Is the coverage of the material comprehensive?
  • Is there enough information present that it can be verified with another source if needed?
  • Is the content presented objectively?

It is also a good idea to make sure the library does not already subscribe to the mobile format of a resource that is sold as a subscription.

Lists of Mobile Apps and Resources

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