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Has anyone written an interface through which i can get a citation of a book/paper from

Thanks for the suggestions from fellow users. I'm updating the questions to detail in more specifics:

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if you don't get the answer here try on – Jakob Cosoroaba Aug 16 '10 at 8:58
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If you use Firefox, the Zotero add-on should be able to store a citation, which you can then export as BibTeX.

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For a completely Web based solution with no addons:


Go to put ISBN or title, choose BibTeX output and will look up in Amazon and generate the BibTeX, as a bonus it will contain the ISBN and the Amazon URL.

Tungare's ISBN to BibTeX Converter

Alternative using ISBN only: it will generate the BibTeX including the Amazon URL.

Ottobib, the same but it will not generate the Amazon URL. Can do multiple ISBN searches at a time.

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Unfortunately, lead2amazon appears to be defunct at this point. I get a 403 forbidden error from this link. – David Tresner-Kirsch Sep 13 '15 at 15:06
@DavidTresner-Kirsch, it could have been temporarily down, it works now. – alfC Jan 29 at 17:02

In addition to zotero and citeulike, there is also Mendeley. It allows citation extraction from Amazon via a bookmarklet, and has bibtex export and syncing.

share|improve this answer… ..... long way round, I want something where I give the URL and it gives me back the bibtex entry – iceman Mar 19 '10 at 8:12

CiteULike is a social bookmarking service with bibtex support (just copy/paste from the webpage), and Post URL ( seems to do a quite decent job extracting bibliographic metadata from Amazon book pages.

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I used BibTeX Export from My library ... however its not that cannot extract all meta-data from amazon and complete the bibliographic reference – iceman Mar 19 '10 at 8:20

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