Quick Look Post


Publisher: EBSCO Publishing

Devices: iPhone, iPodtouch and iPad (IOS 3.0 or later). Variable availability on Android devices.

ebscogifOther requirements: 710 KB

Tested on Iphone.

Available from: Apple iStore and the Android Market

Price: Free

Type of information: Search Interface for medical and healthcare databases.

For: Medical, Healthcare, Allied Health and Nursing students.

  • Main pros – Free. Simple to use.
  • Main cons – not suitable for complex searches.


  • EBSCOhost’s mobile app is available for both iPhones and iPads or devices running Android. You are required to open EBSCOhost’s main site on a pc or laptop, log in and then select the link to iphone and Android apps at the bottom of the page. This will send an authentication key to you via email. You then download the app, open this email on the device you are going to use and click on the link to authenticate the key.



Search results from EBSCOhost app.

  • The databases available are Medline, Cinahl and Embase. The search interface is naturally simplified but anyone used to using apps will quickly be able to find their way around. You should specify that you want full text resources before you start  (i.e. that they will be available to you via SGUL) and can apply limits.  Boolean operators (‘OR’, ‘AND’) can also be used. Once you have found an article you are interested in you can open the pdf and read it or email it to yourself although some Android devices work better than others. You can save articles but it is worth noting they will be saved to the app on your device.
  •  The limitations are common to most apps; the interface is more likely to be readable and usable on a notebook or iPad than a mobile phone. Sending selected articles to your email is however a useful option.
  •  One advantage of using the EBSCOhost app is that it provides the opportunity to spend spare moments searching for information. It could also be very convenient for saving a selection of useful articles to the device that could subsequently be revisited for revision purposes. If you plan to carry out complex searches for literature or systematic reviews the app would be less suitable as the standard version is more visually accessible and has more complex functionality.


All posts on this blog are subject to the SGUL Library’s guide to mobile resources disclaimer, please take the time to read it carefully.


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