What's the difference?
What is a mobile site?
Mobile sites are optimized to display content on the smaller screen size of a mobile device. These sites are typically streamlined versions of a main website for the purposes of increased usability and download speed on the mobile platform. Mobile sites can be accessed by any device that has a web browser available to it.
What is an app?
Native applications (apps) are programs built for a specific device. Therefore, an app that is available for an iPhone may not be available for an Android-based smartphone. An app must be downloaded and installed before it can be used.
Because apps are designed to be used on a specific device, apps tend to function more smoothly and efficiently than a mobile site.
Online software stores such as the Apple App Store or Android Market have been developed to allow users to browse and download available applications. Some are freely available while others can be purchased.
Welcome to Apps Subject Guide
Many library databases, eBooks and eJournals can be accessed with a smart phone or other mobile device. This guide will help you find many apps and mobile resources to support your study and research. Use the tabs above to find apps and mobile websites for specific disciplines.
The Library Search is Mobile
You can use a mobile device to search the library's key search engine. No app download is required because the Library homepage detects the device and browser you are using and displays the mobile interface.
Searching on your mobile is as easy as 1-2-3!