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2. Find & Manage Research Literature: Keenious

A guide to finding and managing your literature
Try keenious for AI powered research discovery!

Haere mai, tauti mai—welcome! Keenious is a search tool that uses natural language processing "AI" to search for literature by analysing your writing. It can analyse a whole document or a selected part of the document to search. Keenious has add-ons for both Microsoft Word and Google Docs.

Keenious should be used as an additional tool to search for literature along with traditional databases. It works best when you have already found some sources, done some reading and written some of your assignment. It can then be used to find additional sources to strengthen your writing.

Keenious is freely accessible to all UC students and staff. The add-on may already appear in Microsoft Word if you are signed in with your UC account or you can add it yourself. You can also add to Google Docs yourself. Keenious have easy to follow instructions for adding it to Word on their help page and the process is similar for Google Docs.

Please put in a support Request to the University's IT in the UC Services Portal if you have trouble getting  Keenious working in Word.



To start using Keenious for searching, after installing the add-on for either Microsoft Word or Google Docs, open the add-on. The keenious side panel will appear. Now you can either search based on the entire document or select just a part of text to search on. Click the 'Research Articles' to begin searching.

For more information on searching with Keenious, including options for refining your search, see their expanding set of help articles here:

Once you've found a publication you wish to view, the easiest way to access the full-text is by clicking on the 'Access Full-Text' button (if you're signed up with your UC email it will direct you to the library). Alternatively, you can click on the DOI to be directed to the publication itself and then access it via the library.

When you've found a publication you want to use, remember to reference it fully. By clicking on the quotation marks (") at the top right of the Keenious panel a reference will be generated in the style you choose. You can copy paste this to your bibliography or download the reference to later import to your preferred reference management tool. Export as an RIS file for EndNote, Zotero, Mendeley or similar tools. BibTeX is also available for those using LaTeX.

Who to Contact

Nick Scullin

Internal Phone: 93904