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PubMed for Handhelds Icon

After it was announced in NN/LM PSR NewsBits  about a year ago, more than 90 libraries worldwide requested library-specific URLs for PubMed for Handhelds (PubMed4Hh). With the availability of smartphones growing rapidly, the PubMed for Handhelds team attempted to create an App for iOS devices (iPhone/iPad/iPod) but ran into some difficulty because of the many pre- and post-search algorithms in PubMed4Hh and also because of library-specific links.

We thought that the next best thing would be to add an icon to the Home screen and Dock to make it work like an App (a Web App). Instructions on how to add a PubMed4Hh icon to iOS devices are here. The URL above is also visible in PubMed4Hh’s index page (http://pubmedhh.nlm.nih.gov; or short URL http://go.usa.gov/xFb) to iOS and mobile devices but will not display in desktop and laptop browsers.

For Android devices, it is just a matter of adding a bookmark. NLM is currently creating specific instructions for Android devices that will be posted soon.

I hope this information will be useful for NN/LM librarians and their patrons.

from the PubMed for Handhelds team

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