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Bookends On Tap app review: a must-have for researchers



Bookends On Tap is a wonderfully functional and well-presented iPhone and iPad app that gives you direct access to the papers published through websites such as PubMed, Library of Congress, JSTOR, and more.

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This app is sure to become a major asset to the scientific community, providing reliable access to a range of reference websites and full offline annotation features so that you can add your own notes before forwarding papers onto your peers.

Bookends On Tap


Professional Referencing

If you are in a line of work requiring that you frequently reference scientific papers then you’ll get a lot of use out of this great app as it offers access to PubMed, PubMed Central, JSTOR, Library of Congress, and many more.

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You can easily search within the app for the materials you need, and if you have the proper access rights you can then download the full PDF versions of papers before editing them with the built-in annotation tools.

Access multiple resources
Access multiple resources

Share Your Findings via Email

Bookends On Tap also allows you to sort your imported papers into groups to keep your records more organized, and if you need to find a specific passage within a text then you can use the search function to find what you need within individual documents.

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As well as full compatibility with iOS 8, this app enables you to create a backup copy of your records by emailing them to yourself, which should also come in handy for sharing your findings with your colleagues online.

Customize your searches
Customize your searches

Bookends On Tap


Pros & Cons


  • Easily access content on a range of reference websites
  • Supported sites include PubMed, PubMed Central, JSTOR, Library of Congress, and many more
  • Import the full PDF version of papers (where you have the proper access rights) for offline access
  • Edit and annotate imported PDF papers from within the app
  • Group your documents to keep your records neat and tidy
  • Includes a built-in web browser to offer even easier access to online reference sources
  • Use the search function to find the content you need within specific passages of text
  • Share your references or back them up by emailing them to yourself
  • Fully updated and optimized to work with iOS 8


  • There is nothing negative to say about this app

Read, highlight, annotate
Read, highlight, annotate

Final Words

Bookends On Tap for iPhone and iPad offers tons of features and support for a range of scientific journal websites, so I think you’re going to find it to be truly invaluable in your research.


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Mark is an opinionated writer who loves to review apps. In 2012, he started reviewing Apple apps on a regular basis and wonders how he survived up to that point without these apps.