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Database Highlights & Trials, New Materials

Now Available! BrowZine Journal Browsing App

BrowZineLogo-FINAL COLORBrowZine is a tablet application that allows you to browse, read and monitor  content from the library’s academic journals just as you would any other ejournal.

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UST’s subscription currently includes over 3,000 UST-owned titles, browsable by general subject area.  BrowZine is a free app — by Third Iron — for accessing and reading content from academic journals on the iPad and Android tablets. The app allows users to

  • select academic journals from a “shelf” display
  • browse complete journal issues,
  • read individual articles,
  • collect favorite journals on a shelf of one’s own,
  • save favorite articles,
  • and perform additional tasks with journal content.

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To get started, search for “BrowZine” in the App Store or Google Play store and download the app for free; when initially launching BrowZine, select the University of St Thomas from the drop-down list, use your UST credentials to log in, and start browsing.

BrowZine is growing fast and will continue to expand, adding new titles and features as time goes on. Work is progressing to include RefWorks integration, as well as content from many more publishers.  If a favorite title isn’t available now, it is very possible it might become available in the near future!

More information about the UST libraries’ subscription is available on the library website. You can find more information about BrowZine in general – along with an introductory video – on the Third Iron website.

Please let us know what you think!  Send any comments or questions to Laura Hansen.

Database Highlights & Trials

New Trial – BrowZine

BrowZineLogo-FINAL COLORUST Libraries are running a trial of  a new technology called BrowZinea tablet application that allows you to browse, read and monitor some of the libraries’ best journals.  
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Our trial subscription will last until April 15th.  It currently includes over 2,700 UST-owned titles. They are browsable by general subject area. Favorite journals can be saved to your own personal bookshelf to be read just like any other e-journal.  Individual articles can be saved, shared, imported into other apps as PDFs, and more.  

BrowZine is growing fast and will continue to expand, adding new titles and features as time goes on. Work is progressing to include RefWorks integration, as well as content from publishers such as Highwire, Cambridge, APA, and many more.  If a favorite title isn’t available now, it is very possible it might become available in the near future!

To get started:browse-and-share-content-browzine-ipad-app-screenshot

    • From your iPad, click here to download BrowZine from the App Store and install it.
    • When opening BrowZine for the first time, a list of libraries will appear.  Select “University of St Thomas,” then enter your UST username and password for access to our content.
    • Select the subject areas you are interested in and start browsing!

Want to know more? Watch this two-minute introductory video for more details about BrowZine’s features.

Again, this trial will only last until April 15th.  Please check it out now, and send any comments or questions to laura.hansen@stthomas.edu while we consider subscribing to this service.  Thank you! 

Business & Economics, Libraries, Recently Read, Subjects/Topics

What’s the market for the iSlate like? Ask Gartner

Apple’s entry into the tablet computer market, the iSlate, has been getting a lot of attention the last couple of days, coinciding with annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas opening this week. So how will the iSlate and technology like it impact the tablet computer marketplace?

Turn to Gartner, a UST Libraries source for reports and analysis of the technology industry.  In mid-December Gartner released a report, “Magic Quadrant for Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms.”  

To find this report, log on to Gartner, search for “tablet,” and select the report from the list of results.  Remember to capitalize your first and last names when logging in.

So what’s a Magic Quadrant?  Essentially it’s a modified X Y graph on which are plotted the various vendors in a market relative to one another.  Strategists will use this tool to determine what kind of technology to invest in, or which company to partner with for a particular venture.   Business development will use this information to identify corporate prospects.  (And of course students might use this information to target companies to work for.) 

An illustration of a Magic Quadrant is below.  In the case of tablet computers, companies like IBM, Apple, RIM, Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP will appear as points on a graph indicating their relative market position.

Gartner Magic Quadrant

As you can see in this YouTube video, not everyone likes the Magic Quadrant.  The questioner in the video says that it’s the most “reviled” in the industry.  Gideon Gartner, the founder of Gartner Group, admits that it is “overused, misused, and abused.”   Which only attests to the degree to which the Magic Quadrant has become embedded in the business of technology.

Contrary to appearances, Mr Gartner is not attacking anyone in this clip, though it may appear otherwise.  It’s a Q&A session.  Not daytime TV.

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Links in this post:

Gizmodo’s Exhaustive Guide to the iSlate
Homepage of the Consumer Electronics Show
UST’s link to Gartner
Gartner’s guide to Magic Quadrants
YouTube video of Gideon Gartner on Magic Quadrants