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iPhone users have quickly learned that one of the perks of constant internet access is “perfect” reference capability.  Searching around on the browser is one way to do it, but you run into unnecessary stuff like ads and intermediary pages.

Specific iPhone Apps are the way to go when you want a quick reference with limited load time.  Check out these 6 Apps and give your iPhone a serious academic upgrade without spending a dime.

Know Your Rights

Declaration [iTunes Link] – If you’re a US citizen, one of the most stirring legal documents out there is the Declaration of Independence.  It doesn’t state our literal rights so far as it states the guiding principles behind the founding of our country.  If you’re ever in need of these sacred words (or simply need to memorize them for an English assignment, the Declaration App is here to help.

You can view the original image (or clearer engraved image) of the famous document or get a direct transcript of every component, along with the signers and their positions in the colonial government.  As an added bonus, there are “liner notes” that will guide you through the key steps in the Declaration’s history.  An excellent App for any patriot.

Constitution [iTunes Link] – A quick study will guess that this App is similar to the first one.  Where the Declaration App was fairly easy to construct, there is a great deal more detail in the Constitution App.  It lacks the original images (simply because there are many more pages), but includes every section of the fundamental laws of our country, Preamble all the way through Amendment XXVII.  The notes to each section are annotated directly at points in the text and explain the finer points of the Constitution.  Furthermore, both Apps can be rotated horizontally for easier reading.


Engage Your Language

Dictionaire [iTunes Link] – This is a very simple App for defining words.  Type in a word, and Dictionaire will search the preloaded database as you type.  While that seems to be the App’s only feature, it has a hidden talent.  If you misspell a word or put in a word that has a lot of homonyms (words that sound the same), you will get suggestions with the “sound” icon next to them.  If you can phonetically spell a word, you can generally fake your way not only to the correct spelling, but also its complete definition.  Pretty handy when you’re typing up that article late at night (not that anyone ever does that).

Wikiamo [iTunes Link] – When you need data, not a simple definition, a better resource is Wikipedia.  Wikiamo is a pretty nifty App that lets you rapidly search Wikipedia articles in a format friendly to your mobile device.  One thing I like about Wikiamo is how it creates a history for you and even caches pages you have visited for offline reading.  Also, there are some simple preference options in there too.

Wikipanion [iTunes Link]We actually covered Wikipanion back in September, but I figured it was perfect for this list.  Also, the user interface has got a refresh, so it’s worth another look.

Know Thyself

WebMD Mobile [iTunes Link] – No matter how bookish you are, you still don’t have anything if you don’t have your health.  For that reason, we’re wrapping up this list with WebMD’s custom iPhone App.  This thing has EVERYTHING.  You can enter specific queries about symptoms by pointing to places on a human model.  You can learn about medications (their effects, side-effects).  You can even pick up some valuable first aid (located conveniently as its own sub-section for quick access).  While the other Apps are replacing some lengthy, but ultimately navigatable books, WebMD condenses tens of thousands of medical knowledge terms into a convenient package on your iPhone.  Unfortunately, holding the title of WebMD doesn’t mean you can put a “Dr.” in front of your name.  Sorry!

Did we miss any good iPhone reference apps?  If so, leave a note in the comments!

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  1. iphone app reviews
    October 7, 2009 at 11:06 am

    In addition to Dictionaire, I have liked FreeSauras. It is just a free Thesaurus that has always seemed to come in handy when writing. I think its a nice addition to your already solid list.

  2. Ikopal
    September 3, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Thank you very much for this post. Htr

  3. Jackson Chung
    November 23, 2008 at 6:50 am

    Does WebMD search an online database or can you browse through it offline?

  4. Alex
    November 23, 2008 at 1:04 am

    Don't forget about "Epocrates", it's the Physician Desk Reference (PDR) in an iphone app! Great!


  5. Meatty
    November 17, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    What about movie reference stuff? Showtimes is probably the best movie app. I don't really like the other ones b/c they don't give what I want as quickly as Showtimes.

  6. Jimmy Rogers
    November 13, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Actually several parts of the WebMD do say "call 911" if needed on them, but only the emergency stuff. On the general health stuff, most things only require the occasional doctor visit. The service is really aimed at informing patients and allow you to get a better handle on which direction to go next. Knowledge is power, you know!

    I'm also the son a nurse, woo!

  7. Mark O'Neill
    November 13, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    With the WebMD one, I'm not sure if self-diagnosis is a good idea! Maybe calling an ambulance is better? Maybe that's what comes from being the son of a nurse!

  8. Jimmy Rogers
    November 13, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Thanks Danh!

  9. Danh ba web 2.0
    November 13, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Thanks for great post. Keep up !