Importing files into Scholarcy

You can add PDF, Word, Powerpoint, HTML, XML, LaTeX, or plain text files to your Scholarcy Library. Our AI engine will convert them into summary flashcards that you can store, export, share and annotate on any device.

How to import a file

Watch the video below, or scroll down ⬇️ to find a list of steps.

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Step-by-step walkthrough

[.number-box-cms]1[.number-box-cms] [.text-col-1]Navigate to your Libraries page, and choose the Library or folder that you would like to generate a summary in.[.text-col-1]

[.number-box-cms]2[.number-box-cms] [.text-col-1]Within your Library, there are multiple ways to import your files.[.text-col-1]

Click on the right-hand button to import articles to a library of your choice, without having to open it!

You can import files within a library or folder, by dropping files into the import section. Alternatively, you can click on the purple button labelled 'Click to import' and then import and files you want summarized using the import menu that will appear.

[.number-box-cms]3[.number-box-cms] [.text-col-1]Inside the Import popup, you can:[.text-col-1]

  • Paste the URL of an open access article
  • Import via Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, or Zotero.
  • Drag and drop files or folders (studies, PDFs, documents, book chapters etc)
  • Paste the URL of a YouTube video or news article
  • Or paste plain text into the text box

Simply click one of the options to expand it, then click the Upload files button.

💡 You can upload multiple files at once, as well as upload entire folders. This can take a little longer. You will see progress updates as the documents are uploaded and processed. Once the first documents are summarised, you can begin reading them whilst the remainder of your files are being imported and summarised.
ℹ️  The maximum number of documents you can import in one go is 64.

[.number-box-cms]4[.number-box-cms] [.text-col-1]You can also adjust your import settings (under Settings at the bottom of the import menu), to customise how the text is summarised. Click save when done.[.text-col-1]

[.number-box-cms]5[.number-box-cms] [.text-col-1]Once you have added your file(s), click Upload. Scholarcy will begin to generate your summary flashcard(s)![.text-col-1]

Using Scholarcy's browser extensions

Our browser extensions make it easy to summarize articles on the go, and save Flashcards straight into your library.

[.number-box-cms]1[.number-box-cms] [.text-col-1]First, install one of the Scholarcy Browser Extensions.[.text-col-1]

Chrome ➡️
Edge ➡️
Firefox ➡️

[.number-box-cms]2[.number-box-cms] [.text-col-1]Next, go to your academic database of choice (e.g., Google Scholar), and search for papers. You can import from just about anywhere! When you see a paper that looks relevant, simply open the extension to generate your flashcard, or click the purple 'Import to Scholarcy' button.[.text-col-1]

ℹ️ To import a document from the browser extension into your Scholarcy Library, click the 'Save to library' button, once the extension has finished loading.
ℹ️ The location of the Scholarcy Import button will vary across sites.

[.number-box-cms]3[.number-box-cms] [.text-col-1]Navigate back to My Libraries within Scholarcy, and open the Library at the top of the screen. By default, this is named “My library”, unless you’ve changed it. This is where all of your imported papers will be.[.text-col-1]

Import from your Zotero library

To import articles saved in your Zotero library, into Scholarcy, follow the steps in the video below ⬇️

Subscribe to RSS feeds

You can subscribe to RSS feeds within Scholarcy. Each time a new article is added to the feed, it will be converted to a summary flashcard and saved to your library!

You can choose to receive email notifications every time a new article is added to your library by using the selection slider when you set up the subscription.

[.number-box-cms]1[.number-box-cms][.text-col-1]First, open a library and create a new folder. To do so, click the ‘Create folder’ button near the top right of the screen. Give it a name and tap enter, or click the tick ✅ icon to save.[.text-col-1]

[.number-box-cms]2[.number-box-cms][.text-col-1]Click the RSS icon [] to the right of your new folder. In the popup, enter a RSS feed URL, then click the Check RSS button. Choose whether you would like to be notified via email using the notify me toggle. Finally, click subscribe.[.text-col-1]

💡 You can add multiple RSS feeds to a folder.

[.number-box-cms]3[.number-box-cms][.text-col-1]Scholarcy will start monitoring RSS feeds and generate a flashcard from every article that appears in the feed.[.text-col-1]

💡 After some time, refresh the page to see newly added summaries.
💡 To pause a RSS feed, open the popup again and click the unsubscribe button.

Import settings

To customise how documents are summarised, open the settings screen and select the import tab. When you’re finished making changes, click save. Future imports will use the new settings!

[.number-box-cms]1[.number-box-cms][.text-col-1]Global import settings can be found here.[.text-col-1]

[.number-box-cms]2[.number-box-cms][.text-col-1]Document specific settings can be configured when you import a document, from the import popup.[.text-col-1]

🎉  Woo-hoo: You’ve uploaded your first file(s) and generated your first summary flashcard with Scholarcy! Continue to the next step to learn how to supercharge your reading and get the most out of your flashcards.

Supercharge your reading.

Break lengthy papers down into into bite-size summaries.

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1. How to import a file
1.1 Using Scholarcy's browser extensions
1.2 Import from your Zotero library
1.3 Subscribe to RSS feeds
1.4 Import settings