• Research on the Go – mobile apps to help you stay up to date

    by Alan Batt. Last modified: 18/03/14

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    Want to use your down time more effectively? Your phone or tablet can help you stay ahead during your commute, or between calls…even when on hard-standby at a street corner at 3am! So can your Kindle or other reader device!

    Here we will introduce mainly free (or cheap!) apps that you can use with or without an internet connection while you’re on the walk to work, bus, train or subway – but not while driving! We will discuss how to stay up to date with the latest research and updates using various apps available for iOS and Android, and your e-reader.

    What do I need?

    • Smartphone running iOS or Android operating system such as iPhone, Google Nexus, Samsung Galaxy etc.
    • Tablet running iOS or Android operating system such as iPad, Google Nexus etc.
    • E-reader device such as Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader, Kobo etc.

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    Recommended Apps

    Click on the App title to go to the website or the relevant App store.

    AEM Journal

    Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM) Journal app allows you to access instant, real time updates including article abstracts. Android iOS

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    Free

    BMJ App

    Combines the weekly BMJ print journal selection of research, comment, and education with live feeds of the latest news, blogs, podcasts, and videos

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    Free

    Circulation App

    Combines a print-like reading experience with customized text-sizing, article-sharing features, multimedia links, and other enhancements.

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    Free

    Evernote

    Create and add notes to your Evernote account, and access them across all devices desktop, laptop, tablet, phone. You can also add articles from this site directly to your Evernote account!

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    Free

    Medicine Core Journals

    RSS-reader with journals indexed as “Medicine” in The Abridged Index Medicus (AIM) or Core Clinical Journals preinstalled. Content is based on journal-feeds and might differ. Most of the journals provides complete abstracts, while others only provides headlines.

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    Free

    Medline

    Get the Unbound Medline app and connect to over 20 million PubMed journal articles on your smartphone or tablet.

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    Free

    Medscape

    Features peer reviewed original medical journal articles, CME, MEDLINE database, daily medical news, major conference coverage, and drug information.

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    Free

    Mendeley

    Access your personal research library on the go. Carry thousands of PDFs in your pocket. Read and annotate them on the go, search your entire library, and easily sync everything between your iPhone, iPad, and Mendeley Desktop

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    Free

    Pocket 

    Put articles, videos or pretty much anything into Pocket, save directly from your browser or from apps, (once synchronised doesn’t require an internet connection). You can also add articles from this site directly to your Pocket account to read later!

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    Free

    Read by QxMD (coming soon to Android)

    A single place to discover new research, read outstanding topic reviews and search PubMed. This site is fully compatible with Read by QxMD allowing you to easily find full text sources for all references, annotate PDFs, follow collections and journals, and share interesting articles with others.

    Soon!

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    Free

    Scholarley

    Unofficial Android client for Mendeley which allows you to access your personal research library on the go. Carry thousands of PDFs in your pocket. Read them on the go and search your entire library. (Official Mendeley app for Android in development)

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    Free

    Twitter

    Stay up to date by following the FOAM movement! Learn more about FOAM here, and learn more about using Twitter and all about FOAMems.

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    Free

    WikiEM

    A continually available updated database of concise emergency medicine notes and checklists that allow for rapid reference of key information.

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    Free

    E-Reader Devices

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    All articles from this site can be sent directly to your Amazon Kindle, or downloaded in EPUB format to put on your other reader device such as Sony Reader, Kobo Touch etc. To send pages to your Kindle, or download as EPUB, click on the icon at the bottom of any post as described here in our recent post

    Don’t own a Kindle or e-reader? You can also download reader apps for iOS and Android (phone and tablet versions -such as the Amazon Kindle app, Aldiko, Kobo app, Nook app and more) which will allow you to read EPUB and MOBI formatted posts in a similar way if you don’t own a standalone reader device.

    Other useful apps

    Cloud Storage

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    Apps for cloud storage allow you to save papers, reports and guidelines as PDFs and access them from anywhere. Some cloud storage providers include Dropbox, Box, SugarSync, Google Drive, Microsoft Skydrive. They all have specific apps for Android and iOS, allowing you to get your documents from any device. View our resources page for links to cloud storage providers.

    PDF Readers

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    Downloading articles as PDFs and saving them to your cloud storage is a gret way to keep the latest research with you. But don’t forget a PDF reader! We like the ability to annotate and highlight articles as we read them, and an app that can reliably do this is essential. Our favourite PDF reader for iOS is Goodreader and our favourite Android app is ezPDF Reader.

    Podcasts

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    Podcasts are a great way to keep up to date with all that’s going on in the prehospital world, and there are quiet a few podcasts that are extremely useful to follow. iOS has a native Podcast app that’s pretty good, and our favourite app for Android is BeyondPod (phone & tablet; Pro version around $7/5 euro).

    Some highly recommended podcasts that we follow are listed below. Simply search for these feeds from within iTunes or BeyondPod, and get them on your phone or tablet device today!

    But I have a device running Blackberry or Windows phone OS?

    Please feel free to send us your suggestions on apps available for these platforms that will help – even better, why not do a guest post for us on it, similar to this article? Drop us a line!

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    Alan Batt

    Alan Batt

    Paramedic, educator, researcher
    Alan is a critical care paramedic, paramedic educator and prehospital researcher, currently working around the world as an educator and researcher. He has previously worked and studied across Europe, North America and the Middle East. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Paramedic Studies, and an MSc in Critical Care. His main interests are in care of the elderly, end-of-life care, patient safety, professionalism (including role and identity), and paramedic education.

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