Bookends Siri Shortcuts


Note: Bookends Siri Shortcuts requires iOS 14+ and requires Pro Features Yearly in-app purchase.

These are the Bookends shortcuts available via the Shortcuts app:

Get References


Searches for references in your library that mach the given criteria. References can be filtered by specifying a group to search in or by adding one or more (array) special search conditions (please refer to the "Create Search" Bookends shortcut).


BOT Shortcuts Get References

The Limit parameter isn't configurable, it's just there to show that currently the Get References shortcut returns no more than the first 200 references, because of Apple's time limit for Siri Shortcuts execution.

The result is an array of "Reference" objects, which can be scripted to access properties like Abstract, Title, Rating, etc.

BOT Shortcuts Get References Result



Create Search


This is a special shortcut to be used as an input Filter parameter in the "Get References" shortcut. Choose a label name you want to use from the list of available label names. It can be 'Title', 'Rating', 'Notes', etc. Based on the chosen Label you can select one of the proposed Conditions. For example, for text fields the options are: "is", "is not", "contains", "begins with", etc., and for numeric properties, like Rating the options are: "is", "is not", "is greater than", "is less than", etc.


BOT Shortcuts Create Search

After specifying Label and Condition two new options will appear: "Value" and "Predefined Values". Just enter value you want to search for, for example, "My great new paper" for Title, or "5" for Rating. Or if Label is "Type", "Label", or "Rating" the value can be chosen from the list of options proposed by "Predefined Values". Please use just one option, "Value" or "Predefined Values".

Searches can be added to the array to be passed to the Get References Filter parameter as a complex compound Search. Separate searches will be joined with "AND", there is no "OR" option at this time.

Here is an example of a complex search where the Title is "My great new paper" and the Type is 'Journal Article'. Both conditions were added to the Searches variable, which will be passed as the input Filter parameter of Get References shortcut.

BOT Shortcuts Create Search Complex


BOT Shortcuts Create Search Complex Passed to GetReferences


Format References


Return formatted references for the given reference(s) using one of the CSL styles installed in Bookends. The result is an array text of formatted references.


BOT Shortcuts Format References Result