Centenary College gives students mobile access to web databases


In an effort to help its students utilize technology for academic purposes, Centenary College in New Jersey allows students to access online databases from hand-held devices. According to the school, the Taylor Memorial Library at Centenary College launched EBSCOhost Mobile from EBSCO Publishing, Access My Library College Edition from Cengage Learning and WilsonWeb Mobile from H.W. Wilson.

"The capability is similar to that which the students have had previously, but the interface is now in a format that is suitable for a smaller screen," said Martine Honigsberg, manager of access services and instructional librarian for the Taylor Memorial Library. "It is an effective resource for traditional students, as well as distance and nontraditional students, allowing them accessibility to information in a manner that supports many people's time-management needs."

Students who have BlackBerrys, iPads, iPhones, Androids and Palm phones can now access numerous research databases wherever they have an Internet connection. In fact, full-text articles can be viewed in HTML and PDF formats.

Students who value technology may want to consider attending a college or university that emphasizes new advances in learning. The U.S. Department of Labor recently projected that in the coming decade, 90 percent of new high-growth, high-wage jobs will require some postsecondary education.

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