Google Scholar import in Bibdesk

Yesterday I wrote about the possibility to import references from Google scholar into a reference program. Today I found a description on how to do this directly from within BibDesk. This is a good example of why you should bother to read the upgrade notes when you download new software. Then I would probably have discovered that the “bookmarks” menu was introduced in version 1.3… Well, this makes a great application even better.

Exporting references from Google Scholar

I have written about the (hidden) possibility of exporting references from Google Scholar before, but since several people have asked about this lately, I will post a more detailed description of how you can do that here. It is very simple:

1. Go to Google Scholar

Google scholar

2. Select the Scholar preferences:

3. At the bottom of the preferences page you find a menu where you can choose which reference format you prefer (BibTex, Endnote, Reference Manager, etc.)

4. From now on, when you do your search you will see a link saying “Import into [BibTex, Endnote, etc.]”:

5. Click on the link, and you will get up a new window with your reference formatted according to your personal setting.

6. Copy the reference, and paste it into your reference manager (in my case BibDesk). Since Google’s automatic reference extraction isn’t always perfect, I often end up having to fix the reference a bit to get it correct. But this method still saves a lot of time and effort!