49 iPad Apps for Reference and Research

iPad apps that turn the iPad into a research library at your fingertips.


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Posted October 19, 2011

Troy Dreier

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That iPad of yours is quite a bargain – with the right apps it's every reference book you could want in one small package. Just look at these 50 fact-filled iPad apps you can download for free or close to it. You'll have answers at your fingertips.

General Reference

1) Area Codes ($1.99): This app works so quickly that if you get a call from an unfamiliar number you can fire it up to find out where it’s coming from before you answer it.

2) Articles for iPad ($4.99): It's the best Wikipedia app around. Enter what you're looking for and Articles will tell you all about it. The maps feature will show you historic places near your current location.

3) Bing for iPad (free): Don't use Bing through Safari; use this app instead since it's formatted for your iPad.

4) Dictionary.com HD ($4.99): Why get the paid version of this dictionary app? Because it's ad-free. It's the full dictionary, so no Internet connected is needed.

5) English Thesaurus ($1.99): What was that word again? When you find yourself grasping for a word, reach for this top thesaurus instead.

6) Google Search (free): More than a text search tool, this app includes Google Goggles. You can snap a picture of anything you see and run a visual search.

7) Grammar App HD ($1.99): Is English not your first language? If so, test your mastery of English with this app, which helps with word selection and vocabulary.

8) Merriam-Webster Dictionary HD (free): Unbelievable, but true: this venerable dictionary is completely free for the iPad. Use the favorites list to remember words you find interesting.

9) Pocket Reference (free): Free for a limited time, this reference guide promises to put a myriad of useful facts on a variety of subjects at your fingertips.

10) Qwiki (free): This free app is perfect for knowledge lovers who enjoy browsing the encyclopedia. It offers attractively-formatted entries on over 3 million topics.

11) Terminology ($2.99): A must for word-lovers, Terminology lets readers explore words and their meanings.

12) White & Yellow Pages (free): Offers listings and more. Check out the Deals section to shop for bargains on services near you.

13) WhitePages (free): Look up addresses for more than 200 million adults and businesses in the U.S.

14) WolframAlpha ($1.99): The popular online information database has come to the iPad. Look up all kinds of fun or useful facts and trends.

15) The World Factbook for iPad ($1.99): Be a good citizen of the world by studying this fascinating guide to all the nations.

16) WordBook XL ($2.99): Get a top-notch dictionary and thesaurus in one handy app. You can even hear professionally-recorded pronunciation for each word.

17) The World HD Atlas & Factbook ($3.99): Enjoy colorful maps for every spot on Earth. Zoom in or out: they'll still look great.

18) World Map for iPad ($.99): Currently on sale for 50 percent off, this app offers colorful, up-to-date maps for every country.

19) Zip Codes ($1.99): Download it now, because you'll need it at some time. This app makes it fast to look up a zip code, or you can input a zip code and learn what locations it covers.

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