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Stony Brook University

iPads: Home/ Configuration

Getting started, recommended apps, tips and best practices for library research and academic use.

Using This Guide

This guide will help maximize your iPad experience with configuration tips, and recommended apps for:

  • Productivity
  • Library research
  • Reading . Annotating . Citations . Notes
  • Writing . Presentations . Spreadsheets

SBU Google Apps on the iPad

Configure the iPad to access SBU Google apps including: mail, calendar and contacts.

Configuration instructions

NOTE: You must change your NetID password in order to complete your Google Apps configuration.

More Mobile Resources

The Basics

Apple ID, iTunes, iCloud and the iPad 

Your iPad and all its apps, files and settings are associated with your individual Apple ID, the same ID you may already be using with iTunes.  If you do not have an Apple ID you will need to register one.  

Connect your iPad to your desktop or laptop computer to access, manage and backup your iPad apps, files and content via iTunes.

Use iCloud for wireless backup and storage.


Your iPad wirelessly accesses the Web. On campus use the WolfieNet Secure network.  Instructions for setting up WolfieNet Secure.


 There are many apps recommended in this guide. Use the App Store on your iPad to find and install apps. 

iPad 101

Apple Support - iPad - the Basics

How to Start Up and Activate Your iPad 3 (YouTube tutorial)

iPad 101 -

Accessing Library Databases and Other Resources

Using your iPad to access library databases, eJournals, eBooks and other SBU online resources and services requires accessing a campus VPN (virtual private network).