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Manage literature, publications and bookmarks

BibSonomy offers you a variety of ways to manage your publications and bookmarks and also to perform literature search. On this page you will find everything you need to use BibSonomy as a standard literature database (e.g. Citavi, EndNote, etc.).

Bookmarks - The Basics

Introduction: Bookmarks make it possible to use the WorldWideWeb like a book. A bookmark allows you to remember the exact address of an online document. BibSonomy gives you the ability to store/manage bookmarks centrally.

Add bookmarks

Goal: This tutorial shows you how to add a web page as a bookmark.


  1. Click on the menu item "add post" in the (main menu). A sub-menu appears.

  2. Click on "add bookmark" with the left mouse button.


  1. In the field ' URL', enter the address (URL) of the web page that you want to add as a bookmark. Then click on "Continue".

  2. In the following step, you will be asked to enter some additional data. These are:

    • URL: (Will automatically be transferred from the previous step)

    • title: Enter the title/name of the page.
      Tip: Under the textbox, you can see the web page's original title in small blue letters as a suggestion. By clicking on it, you can add it as title.

    • describtion: You can enter your own comment or you can also store a little abstract.

    • tags: tags help you to organize your bookmarks/publications in BibSonomy better (for further information about tags, click here). You can add as many tags as you like. Tags are separated from each other by spaces.
      Tip 1: If you want to use a tag consisting of several words (such as computer science department), then use PascalCase - such as ComputerScienceDepartment.
      Tip 2: BibSonomy makes suggestions for tags based on the website's URL and your description (see "recommendation"). By clicking on the recommended tags, you can add them to the bookmark.

    • visibility settings: You can choose to whom your entry will be visible.
  3. Click on "Save" to store the bookmark.

  4. The bookmark is now stored. Please note that it may take some time (one second to several minutes) until a newly stored bookmark can be found by the search function.

Tips for searching and archiving

  • BibSonomy only stores the web address of a web document (HTML page, video, image, etc.), but not the document itself. It can therefore happen that you saved an address of a web document but later the document is no longer available (e.g. because the document was deleted, the provider/website no longer exists or the document has been moved, etc.). We therefore recommend to store important documents on your computer (make a backup).

  • In addition to this, please remember that a web document can be changed at any time. In this case it is also recommended to make backups on your computer. Also it is common practice in scientific work to ALWAYS add the date of visiting an internet document when it is cited (you can enter this information into the field "description").

  • BibSonomy supports the RFC 7089 specification. This makes it possible to show bookmarks in BibSonomy like they were stored, even if the page has changed. To use this feature, you have to install the Memento plugin in your browser. The plugin is available for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Publications - The Basics

Introduction: In BibSonomy, 'publications' means all kinds of documents (articles, monographs, etc.). You can create and manage your own or third-party publications (for example as the basis for a scientific research).

Add publications

Goal: This tutorial shows you how to add a new publication in BibSonomy, e.g. to create a publication list later.

  1. Move the pointer over the menu item "add post" in the Main Menu. A sub-menu appears.

  2. Click on "add publication" in the menu by pressing the left mouse button.

  3. There are four different possibilities to add new publications:
    • manual: You can add all entries manually.

      1. Enter all required data into the appropriate fields.
      2. Click on "post".
      3. The next dialog allows you to add additional information. You can also skip this step by clicking directly on "Save" to store the publication.
    • BibTeX/EndNote snippet: This option allows you to import the data from almost any literature management program (for example Citavi). You can find the instructions here.

    • upload file: This option allows you to upload EndNote and BibTeX files to BibSonomy to import them automatically. You can find the instructions here.

    • ISBN/DOI - the fastest way: Allows you to enter publications by ISBN, ISSN, or DOI.

      1. Fill in the boxes with the ISBN, ISSN or DOI. 2. Click on "post".
      2. The data is automatically collected from various catalogs.
      3. If you agree with the displayed data, click on "save".
  • scan code: This option allows you to add a publication by scanning its ISBN code with your webcam. A detailed description how to do this can be found in the next section "Add publications by scanning the ISBN code with your webcam".

Add publications by scanning the ISBN code with your webcam

Goal: This tutorial shows you how to add a new publication in BibSonomy by scanning its ISBN code with your webcam.
Prerequisite: Your computer must have a built-in webcam or must be connected to an external webcam before you can start.


  1. Move the pointer over the menu item "add post" in the main menu. A sub-menu appears.

  2. Click on "add publication" in the menu by pressing the left mouse button.

  3. Click on "scan code". Your browser probably displays a warning message (e.g. "The website BibSonomy attempts to access your webcam"). You have to allow it to access to continue.

  4. Hold the publication's ISBN barcode nearly and clearly visible to the camera. If BibSonomy recognizes the ISBN barcode you can hear a sound as if a camera took a photo.

  5. The auto-detected data will be displayed. Check the data and complete/correct it if necessary. Finally, click on "save".

Create publication lists

Goal: This tutorial shows you how to create publication lists with your publications or with the publications of another user. You can use these publication lists on external websites (see also: URL syntax).
To create publication lists, just enter the following URLs into your browser.

Publications and Bookmarks

This section deals with functions in BibSonomy which you can apply to bookmarks as well as to publications.

View your own bookmarks and publications

Goal: This tutorial shows you how to view your bookmarks and publications that were entered by you.

  1. If not already done, sign in to BibSonomy with your user account. This guide shows you how to sign in.

  2. Move the mouse pointer to the main menu item "myBibSonomy" - a sub-menu appears.

  3. Click on the subitem "my posts".

  4. BibSonomy now shows you all of your saved bookmarks (on the left) and publications (on the right). Tip: Depending on how many bookmarks and publications you have stored, it may be possible that BibSonomy cannot display all of them on one website. In this case, BibSonomy distributes your publications/bookmarks on several pages. Therefore, please scroll to the end of the website, there you will find the option to navigate to the next pages.

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  5. To see detailed information about a publication, just click on the publication's title. You will be redirected to the detailed view.

Search for all available bookmarks and publications in BibSonomy

Goal: This tutorial shows you how to search for your own or other bookmarks and publications in BibSonomy.

  1. Above the blue bar on the right hand side you can find the searchbar.

  2. Press the left mouse button on the blue arrow next to "search".

  3. A menu appears, select the record that you want to search. For example, select "author" to search for a specific author.


  4. Then, enter your search term into the white textbox. Finally, click on the magnifying glass symbol or press the "enter" key on your keyboard. In a few seconds, BibSonomy shows you all available results.

Tip: To get the best search results, read the overview on the different search options that are available in BibSonomy.

Access to OpenAccess Publication Services

Goal: You learn how to search for a digital edition of a publication in an OpenAccess database with the help of BibSonomy.

Prerequisite: To search OpenAccess databases, you have to be in the detailed view of a publication. To achieve that, just click on the publication's title. You will be redirected to the detailed view.


  1. Click on the drop down menu next to "search on". A sub-menu appears.

  2. Choose the OpenAccess database in which you want to search for the publication.