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BrowZine: Introduction and Description

Search Tips

1 - Describe Research Topic
Identify specific keywords on your research topic.
e.g. Flu vs. "Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome"

2 - Formulate the Search
Fielded search (Title vs. Fulltext)
Phrase search (" ")
Boolean Operator (AND, OR)
Truncation (*) & Wildcard (?)

Search Example: Chin* AND (WTO OR “World Trade Organi*”)

3 - Modify Search Strategy
Based on the results found, revise the keywords and search operators until a manageable result size is retrieved

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BrowZine: a new research tool in PolyU Library

BrowZine is a service (available either via a smart phone or using a web browser) that consolidates scholarly journals from multiple publishers and platforms into an easily browsable format, optimized for iPads or Android tablets.

Current and back issues of journals (from 2005 onwards) can be browsed by subjects or alphabetically by title. Users can add favorite journals on "My Bookshelf" and can save articles for future reading.

Article links can be also be shared via email or exported to Refworks.

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Setting Up BrowZine on Your Handheld Devices

STEP 1 - Download BrowZine onto your iPad or Android tablets

Find and Install BrowZine via App StoreBrowZine requires iOS 8.x or later for iPads and runs best on an iPad 3 & 4 and iPad Mini or newer.

 Find and Install BrowZine via Google Play.  BrowZine requires an Android Tablets with OS v4.0+

STEP 2 - Once you have installed and launched the app, choose a Library:

  1. Select "Hong Kong Polytechnic University" from the pull down list.
  2. Login with your NetID and NETPassword.

(For iPhones, please read FAQs below for information.)

Alternatively, you may use Browzine over the web with a conventional PC.

Browsing Journal Articles

1. Once logged in, you can browse Library subscribed journals in two ways:

  • By Subjects
  • By Titles A - Z (alphabetically) [Note: Not every journal that PolyU subscribes to is available through BrowZine]

2. Once you have located a journal, click ADD TO MY BOOKSHELF.

3. The bookshelf can be accessed from the My Bookshelf icon at the bottom of the screen.

4. A red badge will appear over the icon of a saved journal once a new issue is published.

Animated Help on BrowZine

What BrowZine Can Help Researchers?

With the help of BrowZine, you can:

  • Easily read complete scholarly journals in a format that is optimized for handheld devices.
  • Create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals.
  • Keep up-to-date with the latest research reports and scholarly journals.
  • Be alerted when new editions of journals are published.  No more clumsy RSS feeds to manage.
  • Share links to articles with peers.
  • Email a link to your research team members.
  • Easily save to Endnote (web), RefWorks, Mendeley and Zotero.

FAQs: Frequently Asked Questions on BrowZine

1.     What Journals are Supported?

BrowZine supports journals directly subscribed from a range of publishers. For current coverage, please check this list.

2.     Will It Work Outside PolyU? 

Yes, you should be asked to log-in using your PolyU NetID & NetPassword.

3.     Are Smartphones supported?

The lastest version of BrowZine (version 1.8.2) can operate with iOS version 8.x or newer.  If your iPhone uses this iOS version or newer, then it will run BrowZine.  The latest versions for Android smartphones (version 1.51.1) can operated with Android 4.0 or newer.

4.     Can BrowZine export to reference management tools?

 Yes, BrowZine for iOS (version 1.6.6 or newer) now supports exporting citations and PDFs to EndNote (web, not desktop version).  While viewing article PDFs in BrowZine, the export icon now offers choices: EndNote, Zotero, RefWorks, and Mendeley.  (Android support will follow soon.)