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10 Excellent iPad Apps for Student Researchers

This is the first time I would share such a list of apps. These are iPad apps that can help you and your students in your research and classroom projects. They are also important elements in the digital toolkit of a life long learner. They are reference apps and range from dictionary apps to encyclopedia and search engine apps. All of these apps are popular and have been around for quite some time now. I invite you to check them out and share with us what you think of them. Enjoy


  • Dictionary.com – Dictionary & Thesaurus for iPad: Lifelong learners will undoubtedly come across words they just plain don’t know, so keeping a digital dictionary and thesaurus on hand should be considered essential.
  • eHow: eHow provides instructions about doing almost anything and everything, making it a great resource for DIY types hoping to pick up new skills.
  • Encyclopaedia Britannica:I f Wikipedia’s open editing format makes you doubt the information, consult its prodigious predecessor instead, though a subscription fee is required.
  • Musee de Louvre: Art lovers browse the legendary halls of the Louvre without having to travel to Paris and soak up everything they can about the world’s most influential and famous works.
  • Wolfram Alpha: Turn the iPad into a veritable Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (yes, we know we’re mixing up our sci-fi references here) by downloading this amazing, low-cost app that generates reports on pretty much anything imaginable when one types in and sends an inquiry.
  • Ask.com: Part search engine, part community, Ask.com encourages participants to post up questions and receive detailed answers.
  • Guinness World Records: At Your Fingertips: Sometimes the records people break are quite silly indeed, but that doesn’t mean Guinness’ official app isn’t worth keeping on hand for quick factoids and debate settling!
  • First Aid by American Red Cross: Definitely a handy app to keep in hand, as it overflows with information on how to administer First Aid for most common (and some not-so-common) incidents.
  • 2012 World Factbook: Every year, the CIA releases its World Factbook via iPad — among other mediums, of course — and presents the most current geographical, cultural, economic, and political data regarding all the nations.
  • Articles for iPad: While it fetches information from Wikipedia, Articles so often lands on recommended lists because it enhances the experience even further using maps, more streamlined searches, saves, and other time-saving features.
Crossposted from our colleagues in Open Online Courses.

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