Importing Microsoft Academic Search Results into Reference Tracker 2

23 October, 2013

Microsoft Academic Search is an academic search engine which covers more than 48 million publications, and is an extremely useful tool for students and academics. 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 Microsoft Academic Search into Reference Tracker documents.

There are two ways to import search results into a Reference Tracker document. The first is via the result's DOI (Digital Object Identifier). If the result has a DOI, it will be displayed below the abstract on the result page.


Simply copy this DOI, paste it into Reference Tracker's Publication Search and click Lookup.

Publication Lookup

Reference Tracker will fetch the details for the publication online and present a summary to you. Click on import to add the publication to your document.

Publication Lookup Results


The second way to import a result from Microsoft Academic Search into Reference Tracker is to export the citation information from the search result page to a file, and import that file into your Reference Tracker document. On the right hand side of the publication title on a search result page is a button marked "Export".

MAS Export Button

When you click on this button you get a popup panel with the option to format the data in either BibTex, RIS or RefWorks format. Reference Tracker supports both BibTex and RIS, so select either one of these, then click download. A file with the citation information is downloaded to your computer.


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


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

Imported Reference



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