In this tutorial, we'll automate a simple process: searching for the text you highlight in Google Scholar.
We'll use this PBS page to develop our workflow, but afterward, you’ll be able to use this on any website.
1. Configure a Right-click Button
Open the Page Editor
Start by navigating your browser to this PBS article: A Duke Named Ellington. Then, open the PixieBrix Page Editor.
The first time you open the Page Editor on a new webpage, you need to grant PixieBrix access to the page. You can grant permanent access by either:
- Clicking Grant Permanent Access, or
- Granting temporary access by clicking on the PixieBrix extension in the Chrome Extensions dropdown and then refreshing the page
Configure a Context Menu Item
- Click Add in the top left of the Page Editor and choose Context Menu, and select Context Menu
- In the Title field, replace "Context Menu Item" with "%s - Google Scholar"
- To test your context menu configuration:
- Highlight Duke Ellington on the webpage
- Right click to expand the context menu. It should look like this
Configure Where the Context Menu Appears
- In the Sites field, click All URLs. This tells PixieBrix to show the context menu item on any webpage you visit
- Scroll down to the Advanced Configuration. In the Advanced Permission section, click All URLs. This gives PixieBrix access to a page without you first clicking the context menu
2. Search Google Scholar
Define Your Search Parameters
Next we'll figure out how to construct a search URL for Google Scholar.
In a separate tab, go to the Google Scholar homepage and search for "Louis Armstrong"
After you click "Enter" you will be taken to the search results page, which has this URL:
Toward the end of the URL, you will see
q=Louis+Armstrong. Google Scholar uses "q" as the search parameter.
Configure the Search
- We'll first need to add the “Open a tab” brick. Click the "Add Button"
- Search "open a tab" and choose it
- In the URL, put
- In the params field, click the arrow next to the “x” at the end of the row, then select “Object properties”
- Click Add a Property. Delete
propertyand replace it with
q, the search parameter we identified in the URL.
- In the Value text box type
documentUrland information about the selected element. In our case,
selectionTextwill provide the selected text
3. Test Your Search
To test your Search, highlight "Duke Ellington" in the PBS article, and click. A new tab should open to the following URL: https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=Duke+Ellington. Click Save in the Page Editor, and try different searches on different web pages.