Keeping Up in Your Field with BrowZine

Have an iPad? Help us evaluate a new research tool that is being considered for possible subscription. The libraries of the University of California are running a trial of a new app called BrowZine. It allows you to browse and monitor many academic journals right from your iPad. To facilitate research, articles discovered through BrowZine can easily be sent to Zotero, Dropbox, iAnnotate or several other services to integrate with your existing workflow.

To learn more, check out this short video:

If you are affiliated with UC, your feedback on BrowZine would be helpful. Please fill out this short survey after you’ve given it a test drive. To do so, search for “BrowZine” in the App Store and download. When initially launching BrowZine, select your campus from the drop down list. This trial access ends April 30, 2013.

A few things to note about BrowZine

  • The app is free, but your library must subscribe to both BrowZine and the journals for you to get content (with the exception of some open access titles)
  • The content is tied to the device. That is, you can’t log into a personal BrowZine account from a different iPad or the web.
  • There is an Android app coming this summer

Competitors

There are some similar apps and services out there that do allow access from multiple devices. Some are more visual and have been compared to Flipboard. Some of them also integrate journal updates with relevant Twitter or newspaper feeds and trending topics.

Let us know if you use any of these, and how they compare to BrowZine.

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