Mobile Research Apps

Database Apps

Database apps can help you do research from your smartphone or other mobile device. These apps are provided by the publishers.  You can also access most library databases by going to the library website on your phone's web browser, but the interface may not be optimized for mobile use.


These apps can't use the emich login.  Some of the apps provide a process for verifying that you are a current EMU student, staff or faculty member when you are off-campus, while others only provide full access while you are on-campus. See directions below.

ACS Mobile

Full text of EMU subscriptions available only when connected via EMU wireless or VPN.ACS logo

Ebrary E-books

Ebrary contains a selection of academic e-books. Ebrary requires a free account.ebrary logo

Ebrary does not have its own app but recommends the Bluefire Reader:

EBSCOhost Databases

Search the library's EBSCOhost databases, including:ebscohost logo

  • America: History & Life
  • GreenFILE
  • Historical Abstracts
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • OmniFile Full Text
  • Social Work Abstracts

In order to use this app for database searching:

  • login to one of the EBSCOhost databases through the library website
  • click on the iPhone and Android apps link at the bottom of the screen to get an authentication key via email

EBSCO eBooks apps allow you to read EBSCO e-books on your mobile device:

Naxos Music Library

In order to use this app:Naxos logo

  • login to Naxos Music Library 
  • create an account by going to Playlists and then Sign up
  • use this account to log in to the app

SAGE Journals

SAGE does not have an actual app, but instead provides a mobile voucher, a code that allows your mobile device to access the library's SAGE subscriptions when you are not on campus, through a mobile web browser.


Full text of EMU subscriptions available only when connected via EMU wireless or VPN. Springer logo