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Find, read and monitor thousands of scholarly journals directly from your iPad with the BrowZine app

February 4th, 2014

With the decline of print, databases have become the primary way publishers deliver journals. But databases are designed for searching, not reading. BrowZine works by uniting articles from the Wayne State-owned databases into complete journals, then arranging them by subject on a newsstand. The result is a revolutionary new way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals and articles.

Learn about BrowZine by first watching this video: http://thirdiron.com/browzine/video/

What is BrowZine?

BrowZine is a content delivery app designed to bring journal articles to your tablet. Currently it is available for iPad (downloadable through the App store) Google Nexus, Kindle Fire HD and Samsung Galaxy devices running OS 4.0+. BrowZine can be downloaded for those devices from Google Play and Amazon. The app is simple to use and brings back the browsability of a journal, which differs greatly from the experience of accessing electronic content from multiple database interfaces.

How do I access journals?

After downloading the app, users have instant access to a free, no-login required open access library. Complete journals and back issues in a variety of disciplines are available. However, since Wayne State subscribes to BrowZine, you can also access all of the Wayne State Libraries’ paid journal subscriptions. Journals can be placed onto a personalized bookshelf for easy access and, in the near future, notification of new available articles.

Can I browse the available journals?

Yes! Faculty members who enjoyed flipping through paper journals can now digitally recreate that experience by quickly scanning issues via a digital table of contents. Frequently read journals can be placed onto a user’s BrowZine bookshelf, where alerts will tell the user when new content has been added. Users can also save articles to a separate BrowZine shelf for offline reading.


Is it easy to read on a tablet?

BrowZine’s high quality PDFs only take moments to load and users can use the familiar pinch to zoom gesture in order to read or examine the paper closely. BrowZine also allows users to send articles to other apps and social media accounts, includings annotation apps like GoodReader, DropBox for cloud storage and citation trackers like Zotero.

How do I get started?

Download the BrowZine app and log in using your access ID and password. From there, start browsing!