iPad Reference Apps

Use the Reference Department's iPad to access some of the most useful quick-reference apps. Search for a telephone number or zip code;  use an atlas or get directions; use a dictionary or thesaurus; look for apartments for rent or homes for sale; look up a recipe; check the weather, the stock market, the news, or what’s on TV; look up a plant in an Audubon field guide — the reference staff have selected a list of 43 useful and well-reviewed iPad reference apps:


  1. Access My Library (Gale): Access to subscription periodical and reference databases published by Gale and subscribed to by the library.
  2. Art Authority: Browse western art by period, or tap the “Directory” to search by artist, title, subject or location.
  3. Audubon Guides: A Field Guide to Birds, Mammals, Wildflowers, and Trees. Each guide includes an advanced search option that lets users search on multiple criteria at once (color, shape, habitat, etc.)
  4. Barron's
  5. Bible (LifeChurch.tv) (YouVersion): Includes many versions of the bible in different languages, including audio versions. Users can display two versions side by side, and search for words in the full text.
  6. Bloomberg for iPad: Comprehensive access to global business news and market data.
  7. Dictionary.com, with rhyming dictionary: Definitions, synonyms, rhymes, history, and audio pronunciations.
  8. Elements: A Visual Exploration: A visual approach to the periodic table, with images that spin three-dimensionally with the touch of a finger, as well as all sorts of facts and figures.
  9. Epicurious Recipes & Shopping: Recipes with user reviews.
  10. Goodreads: Readers' book ratings and reviews.
  11. Google Earth: Fly around the planet with a swipe of your finger. Search for cities, places, and businesses. Browse layers including roads, borders, places, photos and more
  12. Google Maps: Comprehensive maps for 200 countries; browse places, get directions; use satellite, traffic, and street view overlays.
  13. Google Translate: Translate text and speech between more than 70 languages.
  14. Hi Calc HD Pro: 12 calculators: Scientific, Currency Converter, Unit Converter, Date - Time, Constants, Tip calculator, Biorhythm calculator, Equation Solver, Statistics, Base conversion, Graph & Finance.
  15. Intellicast HD: Ten day weather forecast, radar, map layers, storm tracking, wind direction, and a weather blog.
  16. Internet Movie Database: Data on over 2 million movie and TV titles, including local TV and theatre showtimes.
  17. Manual for the United States of America, 2nd ed. (Clint Bagwell Consulting): Information on all branches of the federal government.
  18. Math Ref: Browse 1400+ formulas, figures, and examples in math, physics, chemistry and more.
  19. Merriam-Webster Dictionary and Thesaurus: Definitions, origins, synonyms, antonyms, and audio pronunciations.
  20. National Geographic World Atlas: Browse, search and zoom World, region, and city maps. Includes physical and cultural data for countries and territories. Seamlessly integrates with large scale Bing local maps.
  21. The New York Times
  22. Night Sky: Identify the stars, planets, galaxies, constellations and satellites above.
  23. NPR
  24. Open States: Find your legislators, review their votes, search upcoming legislation, track bill progress.
  25. Reuters News Pro: Professional grade news and market data from Thomson Reuters.
  26. Smart Traveler: Official country information, travel alerts and warnings, maps, and more from the U.S. Dept. of State
  27. Solar Walk 3D Solar System model: Find out more about our neighboring planets in the Universe.
  28. Star Walk HD: Interactive guide to the night sky.
  29. The Weather Channel: Forecasts, weather maps and news…
  30. Thesaurus Rex: Sort synonyms and antonyms by relevance. Filter by complexity or length. Includes definitions and audio pronunciations.
  31. TV Guide: View television programming schedules.
  32. U.N. Country Stats (United Nations): A data visualization tool to compare key economic, social, environmental, trade, and area & population indicators for 216 countries and territories.
  33. Units: Convert from hundreds of various units in 43 categories into other units.
  34. USA Today
  35. The Wall Street Journal
  36. Web MD: Includes a symptom checker, information on medical conditions, drugs & treatments, and first aid, and a local health directory.
  37. White Pages: People, business, reverse phone and reverse address searches, with maps.
  38. Wikipedia Mobile: Collaboratively edited, free Internet encyclopedia.
  39. Wolfram Alpha: A "computational knowledge engine"; answers queries by pulling data from externally sourced curated sources.
  40. Wolfram U.S. Economic Indicators: Historical data on all sorts of domestic economic data.
  41. Zillow  : Search or browse a map for homes for sale, pre-market properties and recently sold homes.
  42. Zillow Rentals: Search or browse a map for apartments for rent, homes for rent, condos and townhouses.
  43. ZIP Code Tools: ZIP code and telephone area code lookups.