How to use Keenious

Keenious is a very different type of search tool than you might be used to. With Keenious, you use your current document as an input into the search, compared to using just keywords as done in traditional search engines. 

To make sure you get the best results there are some tools that you need to know how to use. Here is a list of the five most important tools you can use to make the most of your search.

1. Use Topics

We don't only return articles, but we also return Topics that are relevant to your document. This can be very useful if you are new to a field and just want to explore and learn the basic concepts. To access topics, open your Keenious Add-In or go to and upload your document.

The topics tab can be found in the sidebar next to "Articles".

Want to learn more about a topic? 

Simply click on a topic that catches your eye. Keenious will give you a short summary of the topic so you can get a grip. Below the summary, articles relevant to your text that are also tagged with the respective topic (in the example below, "Kyoto Protocol") are recommended.

The power of Keenious really comes through when you start filtering on topics. 

With a topic filter, the search engine will only show results that are tagged with that specific topic. You can easily mix and match topics as much as you want, even exclude topics if you feel that your results are coming up with too many non-relevant results.

Tip! Try searching for a topic such as "Artificial Intelligence" to see how your text relates to a completely different field. 

To filter by a topic:

1. Enter the Topics Tab and select a topic you want to filter by.

2. Click the "Filter" Symbol in the top right-hand corner.

3.  Select whether you wish to "Include" or "Exclude" the topic from your search.

4. Keenious will automatically refresh and give you a list of new articles to explore.

Tip! Try filtering with Multiple Topics for more niche results

2. Focus Search

If you're working with a large piece of text, sometimes it can be beneficial to narrow down what Keenious should focus on. Focus search is a tool that lets you do just that!

By highlighting parts of the text, from a sentence to multiple paragraphs, and then click the "Explore" button.

Keenious will more heavily weigh what is mentioned in the part you highlighted.

3. Similar Articles

Found an interesting article and want to find articles that are relevant to that article?

This is easy to do, just scroll down when you are looking at a publication (by clicking on it from the search result page), and you will get a list of similar articles to the one you are looking at.

These results are even more specific since we leverage the citations in and out of that article to give more accurate recommendations.

4. Search by keywords

Sometimes you only want results that specifically mention certain words. By using the search bar on top of the sidebar, you can steer the recommendations in the way you would like. The search bar supports boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), phrase matching (" "), and grouping (). Keenious will only return results matching your query.

5. Filter by publication date, citation count, or open access (OA)

Want to limit your search to only within a certain time period or with a certain amount of citations? 

Click the "Filters" button, and you can set the filters you want. This is a great way to get up-to-date and highly cited articles. There is also an option to only show Open Acess (OA) articles.

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