ReadCube Desktop Search and Download Tips

You can search Google Scholar and PubMed using ReadCube's built-in search function.

When you search Google Scholar or PubMed, you can see the abstract of an article in the search results by clicking on it. To get the full-text, click the “Download Article” button on the bottom right of the app.

In many cases, articles can be directly downloaded into your library with a single click, and these will say “Direct Download Available.”

Other times however, it will say “Find PDF on the Web”. In this instance, the Download Article button opens an in app internet browser which you can use to find the pdf download link manually.

You can search for specific authors, journals, years, or keywords from within ReadCube either visually or with special syntax.

Visual Search:

In the search home screen, with just the Google Scholar or PubMed search bar, as you start to type the name of a journal or author, a drop-down menu appears below the search bar with suggestions to complete what you are typing. If you click on one of these suggestions, it will put a blue tag into the search bar with that journal, author or keyword. You can add as many of these as you like, and also add your own keywords at the end of the string of blue tabs. When you click search, it will perform an advanced search with those terms.

Syntax for Advanced Search:

You can also manually type the advanced search syntax directly into the search bar. Below is listed some of the syntax for doing so:

Search for articles with a key-phrase or from a specific journal:

Add " " around the phrase, i.e. “insulin resistance” or “Annals of Surgery”

Search for a specific author:

Write author:" " and insert the author name in the quotes after the word author. i.e. author:“Melton DA” or author:“Lieberman”

Search for a specific year: 

You can limit your search query to a specific year by typing in the year and selecting it from the drop-down menu that appears.

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