BrowZine delivers your favourite journals to your mobile device on a customized bookshelf that makes browsing simple and fun.


Browse library ejournals on smart devices with BrowZine

November 12, 2014

By Stuart Colcleugh

SFU community members can now easily browse, find and read many SFU Library-subscribed electronic journals on their iOS and Android devices using a new tablet and smartphone application called BrowZine.

"The shift to electronic journals has brought many advantages, but until now they have not been as easy to browse as print journals,” says Gwen Bird, the SFU Library’s new dean of libraries/university librarian.

“BrowZine changes that.  It delivers your favourite journals to your mobile device on a customized bookshelf that makes browsing simple and pleasant."

The application works by arranging articles found in open access and subscription databases, consolidating them into complete journals and then arranging the journals on a virtual newsstand. The result is an easy and familiar way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals across all disciplines.

Like the Current Journals area at the library, the app emphasizes current awareness and browsing over focused research or searching.

With BrowZine, you can:

  • Browse journals by subject, review tables of contents and read or download full articles.
  • Create a personal bookshelf of favourite journals.
  • Get alerted when new journal editions are published.
  • Save and export articles to Dropbox, RefWorks, Zotero, Mendeley, etc., or email them to yourself.
  • Share with other students and colleagues by posting to Facebook and Twitter.

BrowZine is available from the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store and the Amazon Kindle App Store. It’s a free download, but make sure to choose “Simon Fraser University" from the list of libraries so you have access to the journals the SFU Library subscribes to.

Once you've downloaded the app, log in to BrowZine with your SFU username and password.

BrowZine includes access to thousands of current articles from open access journals and major scholarly publishers including Nature, Elsevier, Oxford, Cambridge, Sage, Taylor & Francis, Wiley-Blackwell and many more.

But it only accesses current journal content. To search for articles or access back file content, use one of the library’s other access options such as the Electronic Journals database for the older content of specific journals, one of the library’s databases and/or Library Search for particular articles.

Access to titles the library subscribes to will continue to grow, but users can contact the library’s Electronic Resources department at with title suggestions, which staff will pass along to BrowZine.

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