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Mobile Resources: Mobile App Research Tools

A guide to mobile research tools as selected by the City College of New York Library.

QR Code Readers

QR Code Scanner Pro - BlackBerry      

This app allows you to scan QR codes with your BlackBerry, however, it does not scan regular UPC barcodes.

QR Droid - Android      

Read QR codes with your camera, even download Android apps with QR codes. Rated 5 out of 5 stars by PC Magazine.

RedLaser - iPhone, iPad      

Scans barcodes and QR codes, leading to more information about a particular product, or to a URL. RedLaser also searches OCLC for book barcodes, which allows you to tell if your local library has a copy.


Dropbox an online file backup, synchronization between devices, and file sharing app. No fee, but more storage available with fee-based account. It provides up to 2Gb of storage for free and up to 100Gb for paid accounts.

Evernote allows you to create new and access saved webpages, documents, text notes, audio notes, and phone snapshots. Account registration required. A fee version is available with more storage space and features.

Instapaper App that allows you to download webpages and PDFs to a mobile device to access offline. Automatic formatting makes reading easier and removes need to scroll and pan around PDF documents on phone. A fee version is available with more features.

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Nilda Sanchez-Rodriguez
Architecture Librarian
Library Liaison to the AccessAbility Center

The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School
of Architecture Building, R-101a
141 Convent Avenue
New York, New York 10031

Phone: (212) 650-8766