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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:

Apple Icon Apple    Android Icon  Android

This symbol denotes that a fee or a charge for subscription is required:

Please note: In order to access some of the library mobile resources, you may need to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) on our device if you are not on an authorized wireless network:  Dartmouth College VPN Client for Mobile Devices

Tech and Mobile App Informational Resources

Evaluating Mobile Resources in Medicine

Some of our clinical resources, like DynaMed, offer the ability to download content onto a device. And other apps such as Epocrates, and NEJM have mobile versions of their resource that are 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.