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Biological Sciences

Here you will find biological sciences resources that will help you in your research.

Getting Started

Paperpile is a web-based reference citation management system, with emphasis on integration with Google apps and Google Chrome.

Getting Started
1. Select the Start Free Trial option. You will need to login with your SJSU email address.
2. Next,  go to Settings > Account info  and click on "Activate site license"
3. Enter your SJSU email address, and then click the activation link you will receive via email.

Installing the Chrome Extension

When starting Paperpile, it will prompt you to install the browser extension that helps save citations to your library. If the pop-up does not show up, click here to install the extension. 

Saving Items to PaperPile

Find and collect papers

To get started, you'll want to add some papers to your new library. Paperpile make this easy with three ways to find and add articles from the web:

1. Click the Add Papers button to search online directly from Paperpile or upload PDFs from your hard drive. To quickly upload PDFs, just drag and drop from your file manager into the Paperpile window.

Cropped screenshot of the Paperpile interface with the Add Papers button circled in red.

2. Search for articles on Google ScholarPubMedArXiv, or other supported databases (go to Settings>Browser Integration to see a full list) and click the import buttons. 

Screenshot of google scholar results for the search sea otter. A paperpile button next to the first result is circled in red.

3. Click the Paperpile button in your browser toolbar to import from hundreds of supported publishers' sites. A green arrow appears on the button when you're viewing a supported site.

Cropped screenshot depicting an article website. The paperpile extension button is circled in red, and a popup window is open, with a button saying Add to Paperpile circled in red.

Organizing your Library

Paperpile makes it easy to organize your library using folders and labels. All you need to do is drag and drop articles where you'd like them to go. Paperpile also features shared libraries and an integrated PDF viewer to read and annotate your papers all in one place (to activate, visit Settings>Browser Integration). 

Screenshot of a paperpile library.

Collections & Libraries: Create folders and subfolders and drag+drop articles where you want them. Labels act like tags and can be applied to articles in any folder.

Items: Items are shown with an option to view the abstract, add notes, and view any attachments, including the PDF. Paperpile also gives you the option to search for supplemental files. 

Sort & Filter: Paperpile allows you to sort article by publication date, title, etc. Filters help with organization- the duplicates folder helps you catch and merge any doubles in your library.  



Creating Citations & Bibliographies

Paperpile integrates with Google Docs to help you seamlessly add citations as you write. To turn this feature on, visit Settings>Browser Integration. 

1. To add an in-text citation, click on the Paperpile icon in the toolbar or select Paperpile>Insert Citation. Select the paper you'd like to use and it will appear in your paper at the location of your cursor. Click on the citation for more options, such as page numbers or to add more citations. Note: citations will appear as links until you format the final references list. Keep adding citations where needed. 

Cropped screenshot of a sample academic paper in progress in Google Docs. A paperpile popup with a search window and a list of results to choose is in the. middle of the document.

2. To add in the references list, click on Paperpile> Format References. Paperpile will automatically format citations based on the style you have set as default in your account. To change the style, click on Paperpile>Citation Style. NOTE: While Paperpile will do the heavy lifting of formatting the citations, it is up to you to double check that they are accurate. No citation machine or generator can be 100% accurate. 

Cropped screenshot of a sample academic paper in Google Docs. The Paperpile menu is open and gthe Format Citations option is highlighted.