Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

iOS Apps for Study and Research: Reference

Staying Productive on the Go

Most of the apps on this guide are free, although many offer a 'pro version' for a few dollars. 

View Android apps for study and research.

Guide Creator

Matthew Sigmon​

Graduate Reference Assistant, Ellis Library

Spring 2016

Reference Apps

Merriam-Webster Dictionary (Free) 

Includes definitions from the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and the ability to search by voice.

Oxford Dictionary of English (Free and Premium) 

Anthropomotron (Free)

A unique reference app for anthropologists which allows a researcher to estimate height and body mass from key skeletal measurements.

Google (Free)

This app might be of use if you have an older device since most newer phones come with a Google search feature.

Google Translate (Free)

This app supports translation via your phone's camera and more...

Google Earth (Free)

Includes 3D fly-throughs of cities, street level view, and more (also available on desktop)!

WolframAlpha (2.99)

This app is a convenient way to access the WolframAlpha computational knowledge engine on a handheld device. You can access WolframAlpha for free on a web browser.

Wikipedia (Free)

This is the official Wikipedia app for iOS. 

Advanced English and Thesaurus (Free)

Includes information on synonyms, antonyms, hyponyms, hypernyms, and similar words. An ad-free paid version is also available.

PCalc Lite (Free)

This high rated-calculator app comes packed with features.

Graphing Calculator (Free)

A powerful, easy to use graphing calculator app for your ios device.

EasyBib Citation Generator

Generate citations by scanning book barcodes. Supports over 7,000 citations styles. Remember, generated citations should always be double-checked for accuracy.

MedScape (Free)

To access all features of this app, only a login is required.