Creating a BibTeX file is one of the more tedious aspects of writing
a paper. The NASA ADS system helps a lot by making bibliography
data available and easy to find, but there’s still the matter of
copying and pasting it into your local database. Since I find that
process annoying, I wrote
BibSlurp, a set of emacs functions to
speed it along.
BibSlurp enables you to query nasa ads without leaving emacs. As an
M-x bibslurp-query-ads RET white rees RET brings up
the following buffer: (the search string is sent directly to ADS, so
^white rees or
^white 1978 will also work as
Let’s say I want to add the second paper to my
All I have to do is hit
2 RET. After waiting for the
appropriate files to download,
BibSlurp responds with the message
saved bibtex entry to kill ring.
From here, hitting
q takes me back to my
.bib file, where I can
yank the entry with
C-y: (note that bibslurp automatically
generates a label for the entry)
If I’m not sure which paper I want, I can pull up the abstract by
2 a. From there,
q takes be back to the search
If you like, you can find
BibSlurp on github. Note that there are
two branches: the ‘master’ branch has the version described here,
and there’s an older version which uses the lynx browser to parse
and display the html. The older branch is probably more robust, but
the output is pretty ugly and it requires you to have the lynx
browser installed (which is worthwhile, anyways).
The ‘master’ branch of
bibslurp is available on MELPA. I would
recommend installing it that way. Adding the following code to your
.emacs file should enable you to install
package-install bibslurp RET.
If you don’t want to use MELPA, or if you want to use the ‘old-lynx’
branch, you’ll need to install the file manually. Once this file is
somewhere visible to emacs, you can add the following to your
.emacs to make it work.
I hope you find BibSlurp useful. If you find any bugs, or if you have any suggestions for improvements, please me know — you can either open an issue on github, or e-mail me directly. Patches and pull requests are also very welcome.