Detecting PDFs in Proquest & EBSCOhost Results

Abosulately love Paperpile and it has made my life far far easier since returning to school. Started to get some support on this particular issue a while back, but I didn’t follow up:

When using Proquest or EBSCOhost databases for research (from behind a proxy), I can’t get Paperpile to detect the full text pdf documents from with the search page. I end having to find the paper in google scholar in order to save the metadata in paperpile, then open or download the pdf manually and attach it to the existing reference. This work around works, but it’s a significant hassle as these are the two main databases I currently have access to.

I have had the same experience.

Retrieving bibliographic information automatically from Proquest or EBSCOhost is not easy due to the complex structure of these two databases. We recently added import for EBSCOhost, but accessing this database via a proxy is not handled by the current setting. I have put these two databases on our internal list of features, and I will get back to you once I know more about their integration.

A faster workaround than searching in Google is to go for export of the reference on Proquest or EBSCOhost as RIS or BibTex and than simply drag the file from the Downloads tab into Paperpile.

This is what I have been doing and it’s not that much of a pain. My question is this. Is there a way to merge two records in Paperpile? There have been a few times I wind up uploading the pdf first and if it doesn’t have good metadata then I get the ris file. Realizing I should just get the bib info first every time, in the event I have the pdf first can I combine the two entries once they are both in Paperpile or do I need to delete the pdf, upload the ris and then reattach it??

I appreciate the response and the tip about the reference export. That all makes sense and I’ll be looking forward to having the import feature added for these two databases at some point down the line.

We have now added support for ProQuest as well, and EZProxy support is currently in beta testing, see: Resolving PDFs through EZProxy