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iPads at Goshen: Apps for Research

Using the Library Website

Search PRIMO and the Library collection on your iPad!  

Open the Safari application and head to the library website ( Follow this handout for more detailed instructions on accessing articles, books, and Ebooks through PRIMO.

Downloading EBSCO eBooks for Your iPad

To download EBSCO ebooks on your iPad you will need the following:

Next, authorize Bluefire Reader with your Adobe ID.

  • When you open Bluefire Reader you will be asked immediately for your Adobe ID and password.
  • If you do not do this when initially installing Bluefire Reader, do the following:
    1. Open Bluefire Reader
    2. In the upper right hand corner, select the Info icon
    3. Under the Accounts heading, select Authorize
    4. Insert your Adobe ID and password

Finally, let's download some books!

  1. Open the Safari browser (this will not work with Chrome or other tablet browsers)
  2. Go to the Good Library website, then go to EBSCO under Popular Links or Popular Databases
  3. Select eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)
  4. Search for a book of your interest, then select Download (Offline)
  5. You will be prompted to sign in to your My EBSCOhost account, do so now.
  6. Select Checkout & Download.  You will be able to have the book on your iPad for 7 days.
  7. A new tab will open with the link Open in "Bluefire Reader", go ahead and select it.
  8. Bluefire Reader will open and download your selected title.  You will be able to read now or later.

Databases with iPad Apps

ACS - Free
Follow journals and view abstracts.  Access full-text articles from the archives when connected to the GC wireless.  More information available here

EbscoHost - Free
Access the GC Ebsco databases through your iPad!  You need to complete a 2 step process to access the databases with the proper authenitification. Follow the steps on this handout

List of EbscoHost databases. 

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Databases That Work on the iPad Through Safari

These databases do not have apps, but work fine though Safari on your iPad.  Click the links below for access. 

Note: In many cases, you will need to download a full-text PDF to another application like iBooks or Goodreader to view an article. See this handout for instructions. 


Stats and Data Apps

Census SS

2010 Census Browser - Free
Quick access to population and demographic information from the 2010 Census.  

Diversity in America - Free
Diversity visualized 


FRED - Federal Reserve Data -Free
Economic data from the Federal Reserve.  There is also a general Federal Reserve app with info about each bank. 

Recovery SS

.Gov apps - Free

There are over 100 apps available from the US government. Check out the list for more data and statistics apps.  

Stats SS

Stats of the Union - Free
Health care statistics visualized

UN Country Stats - Free
Compare and contract countries with this app.  

More free apps from the United Nations listed here

World Bank EdStats DataFinder - Free
Research data on education around the world via the World Bank.  

More free data apps from the World Bank here.  


Also check out the Government & Statitics Guide for website options. 

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