10 best Apple and Android Apps for research

1. ArticleSearch (Apple); Free

The ArticleSearch© App by ForeMinds™ enables you to perform simultaneous searches across multiple sources. Browse scientific papers, journals, articles, magazines and more academic publications. It works by filling in just one field (or small form, in the case of advanced searches) to intuitively obtain sources. These are gathered and shown as individual test tubes on screen. Tap any tube and you access its specific content, as if you did the search in the sources’ own website. From that point, using the built-in web-browser, check short abstracts or access the full article. Save it as a Favorite or send your findings to friends and colleagues, at the tap of a button. The app comes with two standard search engines and a list of premium ones to choose from.

2. EasyBib (Apple) Free; EasyBib (Android)  Free

Create accurate MLA, APA, and Chicago style citations in seconds by scanning a book bar code or by typing the name of a book. Build and manage your works cited. Once done, email your citations and then export your citations to’s bibliography management service.

3. Flipboard (Apple) Free; Flipboard (Android); Free

This app is your personal magazine. Catch up on the news, read stories from around the world and browse the articles, videos and photos friends are sharing. To begin, pick a few interests and tap any of the tiles to begin flipping through your personal magazine. Add blogs and publications like The New York Times, Fast Company and many more.You can also connect your social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr to see what friends are posting and easily share articles with them.

4. GoodReader 4 (Apple); $6.99

GoodReader® is a PDF reader app that Mashable describes as “a Swiss Army knife of awesome!” With GoodReader, you can read virtually anything, anywhere: books, movies, maps, pictures. The app has earned accolades by the way it handles huge PDF and TXT files, manuals, large books, magazines, and renderings of 100 mb and more with speed. The ability to mark-up PDFs allows users to use typewriter text boxes, sticky notes, lines, arrows, and freehand drawings on top of a PDF file. Users can all have access to various types of servers to store data—Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive,, WebDAV, SMB, AFP, FTP, SFTP.

5. Instapaper (Apple) $3.99; Instapaper (Android) 2.99

Instapaper saves and stores articles for reading: offline, on-the-go, anytime, anywhere. The app saves most web pages as text only, stripping away the full-sized layout to optimize for the mobile screen; stores up to 500 articles, and stores unlimited articles on the Instapaper website; and allows users to read offline. Subscription options available.

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