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Do you know the QR code for research help?

Posted by Jon Ritterbush on February 16, 2011

Written by Jon Ritterbush, Electronic Resources Librarian

Around campus, you may have noticed table tents, posters, and contact cards featuring a black-and-white box, containing dozens of smaller squares in seemingly-random patterns.  These are Quick Response (QR) Codes, and they are becoming more commonly used in print media for marketing to mobile phone users.

This library contact card includes a QR Code which, once scanned, links to a mobile-version of the Ask Us 24-7 webpage.

QR codes have been around since 1994, but only recently have seen broader use for linking readers from a magazine article or advertisement to a website, or to a small amount of text, such as contact information or food recipes.

Decoding a QR code typically requires a mobile phone equipped with a camera, and a software “reader” app on that phone which decodes the QR code.  Two free and commonly-used QR reader apps for mobile phones include:  NeoReader and ScanLife.

Research help is available even without a QR reader!  Please ask at the main floor Reference Desk or call 308-865-8586 or 1-866-454-4865 (toll-free). Questions may also be submitted anytime via email or instant message to the library’s Ask Us 24/7 service at:

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