Thursday, February 2, 2017

Database of the Month : Flipster

If you've been in a library instruction session or had to do any research during your time at CU, then you know that the library subscribes to research databases to help you find sources. But did you know that the library subscribes to 110 databases? With that many, it's easy for some of our resources to get overlooked and underutilized. To help showcase some of our underused resources, as well as any brand new ones we subscribe to, we're starting a Database of the Month series.

Our February 2017 database of the month is Flipster, which is described as "a next-generation digital magazine solution that makes it easy for you to read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device."

Flipster has Apple and Android apps available. Once you have downloaded the app, there are three steps to complete before you can read your first magazine.

First, open your device's browser, then visit your library's website to see if your library has subscribed to Flipster. Obviously, since we're writing this, we subscribe to Flipster! ;) You will need to visit the Articles and Databases link, then go to the letter F, and click on Flipster.

You will also have to log in on the white screen by using the same username and password you use to access CAMS, Canvas, etc. Okay, so that's basically four steps in this first part, but I promise the next two steps are shorter!

Second, browse the Flipster website for digital magazines. Tap on a magazine to open it in your browser.

Third, go to the menu in the top left corner and select 'Open in App' for offline reading.

The magazine you have selected will be downloaded into the app where it will remain "checked out" for seven days. You can always check it out again after that time period if you don't get to read it.

The library's Flipster subscription has 28 titles, including Cosmopolitan, Essence, Glamour, GQ, and Sports Illustrated.

If you'd like more information or help using Flipster, check out some of the tutorials available or contact the library!

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