BrowZine is an app that can be downloaded to any tablet, iPad, or even smart phone. BrowZine revolutionizes the way students and scholars can now search for scholarly journal articles. BrowZine allows you to save your favourite journals to your library page as well as specific journal articles. All of the journals are specially formatted for reading on these devices which makes them much easier to read on your tablet or iPad than you may have previously found on your laptop or computer. This application is free to all Western students and teachers through their Western libraries account. Installation of BrowZine is very easy. You simply download the app to your device, select Western University (London, Ontario), and type in your UWO username and password. Instructions for downloading can also be found on Western Libraries webpage.
The application itself is also much easier to navigate than scholarly search websites like Jstor or Western’s summon. The main page will prompt you to search by subject field which will bring you to a list of journal articles that are broken down even further into sub categories. For example, The History of Art and Architecture subject field is broken down into categories based on art periods and movements i.e. Ancient, Medieval, and Contemporary. Tabs along the bottom of the page allow you to switch between My Bookshelf, BrowZine Library, Saved Articles, Institution Info, and Settings. My Bookshelf is where your favourite books will be stored. The BrowZine library is where you search for journals and articles.
The Saved Articles is where you can save a specific article which is quite useful for containing all of your resources for a paper in one easily accessible place. The Institution info page actually links BrowZine to your home school, in this case Western University Library. This makes it easier to look for journal articles through BrowZine while also being connected to Western’s library to search for books or other sources that may relate to your topic. I have used Western University as an example but the application is available to many Universities and is a great resource for both students and teachers.