Access accurate academic informations via Unity Academic lens (Zotero scope included)
Accessing weather informations, opening creative expressions from deviantart, downloading torrents, hassle-free accessing one's browsing history, etc, are actions already successfully implemented in Unity via specific lenses, usually shortening the amount of time spent for getting the same functionalities and immediately answering to one's basic online needs.
Unity Academic lens corroborates bits of interest from an academic-specific point-of-view, pushing more "specialized" data into the lens from sources with an increased accuracy, in the sense of presenting informations researched, created, verified by various scientific communities, universities, seious journals, etc, places where accuracy and high precision are first class citizens.
The Academic lens uses, as data sources, Pubmed (a free full-fledged database mainly accessing the MEDLINE bibliographic database, the Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System Online, including academic journals covering medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health-care, biology, biochemistry, molecular evolution, etc) and Google Scholar (scholarly literature, featuring articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, etc, created by professional societies, online repositories, academic publishers, universities, websites, etc), basically, two powerful versatile academic data online places.
Its usage is as simple as typing a word in the search area, then clicking the desired item, action that will open it via the default web-browser, searching process helped by the available filters (
Google Scholar) and the properly used icons (the Pubmed-based results are rendered with colored icons, clearly being delimitated by the white-ish Google Scholar results), furthermore, the lens takes advantage of the handy card view, exposing item's relevant details, such as title, additional informations, etc, pack of handy helpers, aimed at helping the user to easily navigate through and identify preferred content.
Navigating through numerous articles, scientific opinions, accurate judgments, etc, might "force" the user to save particular mentioned bits, attitude easily satisfied via Zotero, an easy-to-use tool specialized in collecting, organizing, saving and managing research sources, handy utility available as a Firefox add-on.
If the Zotero Firefox add-on is installed, saving an article with Zotero, pushes the saved article into the Academic lens, under
My saved journal articles, thus allowing the users to 1-click away access saved content, furthermore, the saved content is exposed when the lens is opened without the need to click filters and/or specific searches (after a word is typed in the search area, and the saved items "disappear" at the bottom of the page, pressing Escape or clearing the search area, retrieves and displays the saved content at the top of the lens).
How do we install Unity Academic lens 0.3?
Add the following official PPA (Precise, Quantal)
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:markjtully/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-lens-academic unity-scope-zotero
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