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The Citations Helper is a new feature of the Resources Tool starting with Sakai 2.4. By choosing to add a "Citation List" in the Resources tool, users can search licensed library databases, import citations from Google Scholar and create and manage both citations and persistent links to articles and other online items. The Citations Helper leverages existing library technology infrastructure including metasearch tools and OpenURL to deliver this functionality.

Citations Helper Demo

Use our Free Instances - Check out one of our demo Sakai instances with all Citations Helper features enabled, configured to search free resources. Anyone is free to use these instances.

Citations Helper Versions


Sakai 2.7.0 - under development (Proposed Features and Fixes)

Proposed features for Sakai 2.7:

  • MusePeer Bridge XML API (SAK-14832 ) - Support is available for the MusePeer Bridge XML API for SingleSearch
  • Z39.50 connector - This is the Z39.50 connector from HEC Montréal



Sakai 2.6.0 (New Features and Fixes | Configuration | QA Info)

New features in Sakai 2.6:

  • Serials Solutions 360 Search (SAK-13754) - Support is available for the 360 Search metasearch engine
  • Direct URLs (SAK-14322, SAK-13441, SAK-14282) - Save direct vendor URLs from Search Library Resources and RIS import
  • Maximum databases for search (SAK-14166) - The maximum number of databases to search simultaneously is configurable
  • User interface improvements (SAK-14326, SAK-14343, SAK-14338)



Sakai 2.5.0 (New Features | Configuration | QA Info)

The Sakai 2.5.0 version of Citations Helper adds several new features:

  • Editor Integration (SAK-11257) - Add a button within the Rich Text Editor to find and insert a citation into the text currently being edited (ala Twin Peaks)
  • RIS File Import (SAK-11256) - Support importing of citations in the RIS file format from reference management tools such as RefWorks, Endnote, and Zotero
  • Citation List Sorting (SAK-11248) - Add the ability to sort citation lists by author, title, or date

The Citations Helper is enabled by default.

This version also incorporates the new configuration system that was introduced in the post-2.4 branch.



Citations Helper post-2.4 (Features Overview | Configuration)

The post-2.4 Citations Helper branch adds a new, more flexible configuration system for the Citations Helper. There are also minor bug fixes in the post-2.4 branch.
There is no Sakai post-2.4 branch. The Citations Helper post-2.4 branch is intended to be used in conjunction with the Sakai 2.4.1 tag or the Sakai 2.4.x branch.


Sakai 2.4.x (QA Info)

Maintenance branch for the 2.4.0 release. Minor bug fixes added for Citations Helper.
The maintenance branch retains the same features and configuration information as the 2.4.0 release.


Sakai 2.4.0 (Features Overview | Configuration | QA Info)

We do not recommend using Sakai 2.4.0. Sakai 2.4.1 has been released with primarily additional security fixes. The Sakai 2.4.x maintenance branch also has these security fixes as well as other minor bug fixes.

For Sakai 2.4 installations, we recommend using the post-2.4 Citations Helper branch along with either Sakai 2.4.1 or Sakai 2.4.x. For post-2.4 Citations Helper configuration instructions, please see the post-2.4 Configuration Instructions page. (The post-2.4 Citations Helper will work with Sakai 2.4.0, but we do not recommend it.)

Citations Helper is disabled by default - configuration required to enable.

Supported metasearch engines: SIRSI SingleSearch, Ex Libris MetaLib

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  1. Can this page please be updated for the 2.8 cycle.