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WHSL Family Medicine: Mobile

Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary

The Merriam Webster medical dictionary is now available on your mobile device. The National Library of Medicine  (NLM) has made this available via MedlinePlus Mobile. Point the browser on your mobile device to and click on the dictionary link to look up a word.  

Sciverse (Scopus & ScienceDirect) for iPhones

SciVerse Mobile Applications are apps to help you research where you are and where you need to be.  These mobile apps help you gain access to the latest abstracts, articles and books from SciVerse Scopus and SciVerse ScienceDirect. You can access exactly the same journals from your iPhone. The screen is smaller but the familiar content is all there. With SciVerse ScienceDirect iPhone app, you can look up and read a paper, share the PDF, or just explore what's out there at anytime.

First you need to register:

To register in the SciVerse ScienceDirect iPhone app you will need to provide your username and password as registered at To access the full spectrum of content, you will need to register online within your library's network, at

Once you have supplied this information, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You must click on the link provided in this e-mail to activate your access to SciVerse ScienceDirect iPhone app. You will only need to confirm your email once.

To validate your e-mail address:

  1. An email will be sent to the e-mail address you provided containing a link. You must click on the link to validate your access to SciVerse ScienceDirect iPhone app.
  2. It is recommended that you validate your e-mail address from the iPhone as it will launch the app automatically.
  3. Until you validate your e-mail address, you may not be able to access full content.
  4. If you have forgotten to validate your e-mail address, the next time you launch the app from a non WiFi IP range, you will be reminded to do so.



You need to download the relevant app.

ScienceDirect app can be downloaded at

Scopus app can be downloaded at

Medical Apps

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Here are a few suggestions for apps you might find useful. The links will direct you to where you can download the app. You will need to download these onto your mobile device

Wireless and Mobile at Wits University

The Witwatersrand Health Sciences Library is fully covered for WiFi access, and there are power points at each work station, where you can charge your tablet or cell phone. There is also WiFi coverage in the medicinal garden outside.

For details on how to set up your access, please download one of the booklets produced by  WIts Information and Communications Technology ( WITS  ICT). There is a booklet for staff, and one for students, with links below.

Please note that the librarians are not qualified to set up, or trouble shoot WiFi access for you. If you cannot resolve a problem yourself

 - you can take your tablet to the WITS ICT  at the  WITS ICT Offices  on  3rd floor of Medical School or at WITS ICT Solomon Mahlangu House, Braamfontein.

 - phone ITS ICT help line (011717 1717/2495/2785) or

 - log a call online


*Reset your password at any time:  (Staff need to first register at  )

*Register your new or existing mobile device at:

*Log your own call on our portal:


Wits Mobile Catalogue

Social Media Use

Here is some practical and ethical guidance for doctors and medical students.