Baidu Scholar: A Useful Tool and Information Source


Baidu Scholar was created in China in June 2014. A free academic resources comes from Chinese biggest search platform baidu, It dedicated to the resource retrieval technology and data mining analysis contribute to academic research, optimize academic resources, guide the academic value innovation, and provide scientific research workers with the most comprehensive academic resources retrieval, and the best research service experience.

Baidu Scholar has collected more than 1.2 million domestic and foreign academic sites including HowNet, Weipu, Wanfang, Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, NCBI, etc., indexed more than 1.2 billion academic resource, academic journals, conference papers, books and degree theses etc. It is becoming Chinese largest academic platform with document coverage. On this basis, a scholar database containing more than 4 million Chinese scholars’ homepages and more than 10,000 Periodical library on the homepage of Chinese and foreign periodicals. The above-mentioned powerful technical and data advantages have laid a solid foundation for academic search services, and currently provide nearly 3 billion services for tens of millions of academic users every year.


Baidu Scholar currently provides the following two types of services:

  • Academic search: Support users to search for three types of content: literature, journals, and scholars, and support customized academic search for libraries of universities and scientific research institutions.
  • Academic services: support users to subscribe to keywords of interest, collect valuable documents, open thesis analysis of the research direction, and also check the plagiarism.

Literature Retrieval methods

It is the most frequently used product feature that users demand the most. Baidu scholar  can identify and meet the retrieval needs of a variety of different expressions.

  1. Keyword/subject retrieval.

When the user’s input word is a certain keyword or topic, the search results will comprehensively consider the relevance, authority, timeliness and other multi-dimensional indicators of the document, provide multiple documents most relevant to the input word, and provide the following functions:

1.1.Sorting: Supports sorting documents in three ways: relevance, citations, and descending time. The default is to sort by relevance.

1.2.Screening: Supports fine-grained screening of articles according to eight methods including publication time, research field, core database inclusion, including keywords, document type, author, published journal, and publishing organization, narrowing the search scope, and finding what you need literature.

1.3.Research point analysis: extract multiple research points that are most relevant to the retrieved documents for in-depth analysis, and the user can click on it to view the visual analysis.

1.4.Functional area: each document provides four functions in the functional area: free download, batch quotation, quotation and collection.

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Research point analysis

2.The title retrieval

When the user enters the title of a document, the search results can identify the user’s need to find a unique goal, and directly return to the document’s details page, allowing the user to quickly obtain the required content.

2.1. Bibliographic area: Contains the author, publication source (time, issue, etc.), and citation information of the document. Further click is supported to view the secondary search results of the author and publication source and the cited documents of the document.

2.2. Download area: All sources of the document are given for users to choose to download. Users can also directly view all free sources under the “Free Download” tab for selection. If the document cannot be obtained, they can choose to ask other users for help

2.3. Recommendation area: Support users to view more related documents in the three dimensions of similar documents, references, and cited documents.

2.4. Citation statistics: The current citations of documents are counted annually, so that users can quickly understand the influence of the document in the field.

2.5. Research point analysis: extract multiple research points most relevant to the current literature for in-depth analysis, and the user can view the visual analysis after clicking.

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3.DOI search

When the user’s input DOI words, the search result can directly identify the target document.



In order to facilitate users to cite documents as references, etc., users can choose according to the required format.

  • Three citation formats: GB/T 7714, MLA, APA
  • Five document management software import formats: BibTex, EndNote, RefMan, Notefirst, NoteExpres

Form my own experience, the users’ experience and accuracy of Baidu Scholar have been greatly improved, and I believe that it will be able to achieve the same level as Google Academic in the future.

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