How to import publications from Third Party sources

If you were not able to find all of your publications through calibrating the Synchronizer, Elements assisted search, or through a citation manager database, you can try searching and importing them from third party sources.

Step 1: Import from third party source

You can import publications from various sources. The instructions for each source is listed below.


WorldCat is a database dedicated mostly to books. If you have mostly books, you will want to use this catalog system to locate your publications if you do not have them already saved in a citations database.

Importing from EBSCO/Multi Search

Multi Search focuses on book chapters, conference papers, and journal articles. It is appropriate to use this to locate publications if you do not have a citations database already established.

Importing from Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a non-moderated content collection database. This means that the meta data is unverified, and can sometimes be incorrect. If you have been collecting citations in Google scholar instead of a citation manager tool, you can import them.

SciFinder Scholar

Scifinder is the most comprehensive database for the chemical literature, indexing journal articles and patent records (and other document types), as well as chemical substances and reactions.


Elements has a built-in tool that lets users add a book using a Title or ISBN that prompts a search of Google Scholar. (Disclaimer: The metadata in Google Scholar can often be wrong, so make sure to check your citations for accuracy). If you know the ISBN number, this is the easiest way to find publications using this tool. If you do not know the ISBN, enter the title. 

Step 2: Move on to the next step

If you are still not able to locate all of your publications, the last resort is manual entry.






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