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:
Below are links to Websites that review apps.
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.