Importing Google Scholar Results into Reference Tracker 2

25 October, 2013

Updated for Reference Tracker 2

If you are a student or academic, you have probably used Google Scholar, Google's search engine for journal articles and other scholarly materials. If you use Reference Tracker 2 to manage your references and citations, you may find it useful to know how to import articles found via Google Scholar into Reference Tracker documents. This guide will show you how.

References from Google Scholar are imported to Reference Tracker using the BibTex (.bib) or RefMan (.ris) format. This feature needs to be turned on in your settings for Google Scholar. So, to begin, visit and click on the "Settings" link.


Under the Bibliography Manager section, select the option "Show links to import citations into". From the popup menu to the right, select either "BibTex" or "RefMan". Click the Save button. These settings will be saved so you will not need to repeat these steps.

Google Scholar Settings

Now when you search in Google Scholar you will see a link after each result titled either "Import into BibTex" or "Import into RefMan".


Depending on your browser and browser settings, when you click on these links they will either download a BibTex or RIS file, or display the file content's in a browser window. In the latter case you can download the file by selecting 'Save As…' from your browswer's File menu. If you do this, make sure your saved file has either the .bib or .ris file extension at the end of the filename.

Now open the Reference Tracker document you wish to import the reference into. With that document open, select "File > Import > BibTex/RIS File…"


Select your saved BibTex/RIS file in the file browser and click the "Open" button. The reference from Google Scholar will now appear in your Reference Tracker document.

Reference Tracker Imported Reference



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