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In this new segment of our blog, I want to introduce to you some useful apps or software for our line of work. I use my phone frequently and why not also for research? Finding new articles on my subject can not get easier with ‘Researcher’.

Researcher is an app, that works like a news feed. Instead of news, you’ll get the newest articles from your selected journals or keywords. The developers claim, that you are able to search through over 5.000 journals in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Business & Management, Earth Science and Geography, Physics and Mathematics and many more. Each category is subdivided into more categories, so for example, within the Arts & Humanities category, you’ll find Archaeology, History, Museology, Philosophy and many more. Within Archaeology for example, you currently find 60 journals from Environmental Archaeology to South Asian Studies.

The list is far from complete, but it is a start and once you have selected journals to follow, you’ll get a list to skim through, as soon as there are new articles. On top of that, you can set filters that search through the entire catalogue. I did a “Reconstruction AND 3D AND Archaeology” filter and get articles covering exactly that. A dream, but it gets better! When an article is of interest to you, you can bookmark it to read it later within the app. Or, you can also connect your reference manager like Zotero or Mendeley and the bookmarks get added to your database automatically. There are some information missing mostly, but the main work of adding it manually is already done. In my case, I just needed to add the publication year.

I use the app twice a week and skim through articles that might interest me. I already found a couple, that I would otherwise have missed.

The app is available in the the Google Play Store as well as in the Apple App Store and currently, it is free!

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About the author

My name is Sebastian. I am a research associate at the Institute of Archaeology at the University of Cologne, Germany, Discipline for Archaeoinformatics. My special interest lies in reconstructing ancient architecture and thinking about ways to present archaeological knowledge to other researchers and the public in an informative and appealing way. I teach 3D documentation of material culture as well as 3D modelling and archaeological reconstruction and work on several projects as part of my job.

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