We have previously talked about how to use Quicksilver to do custom ADS searches on Macs, and the Alfred version is pretty slick as well. However, such custom searches can also be done from straight from the web browser, independent of the OS you are using. Benoit Thiell, a developer at ADS, has sent along a tip on how to get the bibtex version of an article from ADS on Firefox and Chrome (I have added the same for Safari). This allows you to search ADS directly from the search box in yoor browser instead of having to navigate via ADS’s website. It saves a lot of clicking. Here are Benoit’s tips:
- Firefox: You need a plugin to create a custom search engine in Firefox. Benoit has written a plugin for the purpose. Download and click on “ADS Bibtex” to install the custom search engine for the ADS bibtex output. Accept the installation of the search plugin, and it is now available to you in the search bar in the top right corner of your browser as the “ADS bibtex” search engine. Select it, enter a bibcode, and peruse the Bibtex version of the article.
- Chrome: You can very easily set up a custom search engine in Chrome, without the need for a plugin. Go to chrome://settings/searchEngines. Scroll to the bottom of the page and start adding a new search engine. Configure as follows:
Add a new search engine: ADS bibtex Keyword: bibtex URL: http://adsabs.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/nph-bib_query?bibcode=%s&data_type=BIBTEX
You’re done. In order to get to the Bibtex, type in your address bar ”bibtex”, then space and finally the bibcode of the article.
Note that the Query URL is customized for searching by author; to directly access the bibtex (as shown above for Chrome), use
Thanks to Benoit for sending along this tip!