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'BrowZine' in the Field: Getting Journals on your iPad

BrowZine is a tablet application that lets you browse, read and monitor thousands of scholarly journals available from the Stanford University Libraries.

•    Browse titles by subject to easily find journals of interest
•    Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals
•    Be alerted when a new issue of a journal is published
•    Save articles in your personal library.  BrowZine can easily be synced up with Box.com, Zotero, and other services to help keep all of your information together in one place. 

Getting started

1. *FIRST* make sure your tablet is set up with Stanford's proxy system: Connect from Off-Campus With Your iPad or iPhone (Tip: Do not run the BrowZine app while you do this set up.) You must add the proxy URL to your tablet settings before being able to use BrowZine from on-campus or off-campus.

2. Download the BrowZine app:

3. Once you have installed BrowZine, launch the app and select Stanford University from menu in upper left corner. When prompted, login with your SUNet ID. and then begin browsing new journal issues. BrowZine can be used on or off-campus but does require an internet connection. 

 

Building and using your library

Once logged in, you can browse library subscribed journals.

Browse for journals. To search for available journals, select 'BrowZine Library' in the black bar at the bottom of the app window.  There are two ways to browse for articles -- by Subjects or by Titles A – Z. Click on the title to be taken to the current issue of that title.

To save your favorite journals to the BrowZine Bookshelf, select the yellow 'Add to My Bookshelf' button when viewing the Table of Contents of a journal.  Also in the Table of Contents view, selecting 'Show Journal in Library' will display the journal along with other titles in the same subject area.

Open and read an article from the journal table of contents.

Once an article is open, you can browse the issue by using the arrows in the top right to move forward to the next article or backwards to the previous one.

To save an article for future use, select 'Save Article' in the 'Send to...' menu. The filing drawer icon will be highlighted yellow if an article is saved, and they can be accessed by selecting 'Saved Articles' in the black bar at the bottom of the app window.

Create your personal library collection. 

To save your favorite journals to the BrowZine Bookshelf, select the yellow 'Add to My Bookshelf' button when viewing the Table of Contents of a journal.  Also in the Table of Contents view, selecting 'Show Journal in Library' will display the journal along with other titles in the same subject area. 

Once a personal library is created, you can be alerted when new editions of journals are published.

Email, save, share, or open articles in other apps.

BrowZine makes it easy to scan tables of content, and open articles in your preferred PDF reader (i.e. GoodReader, iAnnotate, or PDFExpert) for reading and mark-up. Articles and/or article information can also be automatically sent to other places, including DropBox. 

BrowZine can easily be synced up with popular file organizers and other collaboration tools such as Box.com, RefWorks and Zotero. Mendeley coming November 2013.

To share articles, BrowZine supports third party social networking functions such as Twitter, Facebook, Pinboard, and Tumblr.

Partial list of Earth Sciences journal titles

Over 200 Earth Sciences titles ... and counting

Advances in Space Research

Applied Geochemistry

Applied Geophysics

Bulletin of Volcanology

Computers & Geosciences

Engineering Geology

Environmental Geology

Geobiology

Geofluids

Geological Magazine

Geomorphology

Geophysical Research Letters

Ground Water

JOM

Journal of Geodesy

Journal of Petroleum Geology

Lithos

Lithosphere

Marine Geophysical Research

Mineralogy and Petrology

Pure and Applied Geophysics

Quaternary Research

Resource Geology

Wave Motion

FAQ

What publishers are supported by BrowZine?

There are many earth sciences publishers that support BrowZine including the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the Nature Group, and PLoS (Public Library of Science). Supported publishers include Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Springer, Taylor & Francis, SAGE, Cambridge, Oxford, American Chemical Society, ACM, BioMed Central, PLoS, Project Muse, Mary Ann Liebert, and Highwire Press.  Click here for a complete list.

Can I annotate within Browzine?

Currently, BrowZine does not support annotation of articles.  To annotate an article, you must open it in another app by using the 'Send to...' menu and selecting a note taking program.  Some recommended ones are Evernote or Notability.

What devices are supported?

BrowZine is available from the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store, and the Amazon Kindle App Store. For now, BrowZine is available for all versions of the iPad and iPad Mini running iOS 5.1 or later, and on Android tablets running Android 4.0 or higher, including the Google Nexus 7 or 10, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD.

Will BrowZine work without an internet connection?

Articles which have been saved can be found in the Saved Articles area, and can be read off-line, but other features will not work.