Hello! My name is Lisa Palmer. I’m a librarian in the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
As my colleague Molly Higgins pointed out in her Top Ten Databases blog post earlier this week, PubMed is a key database to search for biomedical literature. The goal of this post is to alert you to My NCBI, a tool available for PubMed that allows you to save citations and searches and customize your results display. It’s easy to use and will help you stay organized and up-to-date with journal articles relevant to your research, especially for those longitudinal projects!
Hot Tip: Register for a My NCBI account
- Go to http://pubmed.gov
- Click Sign in to NCBI in the upper right corner
- Click Register for an NCBI account
- Click “Keep me signed in” to automatically activate My NCBI each time you use PubMed
- Access and manage your saved searches, collections, and customizations from the My NCBI link in the upper right corner of the PubMed home page
Hot Tip: Save search strategies and receive email updates. You can permanently save PubMed search strategies to be retrieved as needed or to be run periodically with search results emailed to you.
- Run a search and click Save search under the Search box
- Follow the prompts to name the search and set up email updates
Hot Tip: Save citations to permanent collections. You can save citations from search results to be retrieved as needed. Use Favorites or Collections to create an unlimited number of individual collections of citations that can continue to be built over time. Use My Bibliography to create a collection of your own publications (both PubMed citations and items not in PubMed).
- Run a search
- Select desired citations
- Use the Send To drop-down menu to send to Collections or My Bibliography
Hot Tip: Customize the PubMed display. Use NCBI Site Preferences to customize your PubMed display. Common preferences include:
- Highlighting search terms in color in search results
- Customizing the search results display to set default values for display format, number of items displayed per page, and sorting order
Cool Trick: Sharing Collections. My NCBI collections are set as Private by default. You can share a collection by changing this setting in Collections from Private to Public. A URL and HTML code are provided – use the URL to share with others and the HTML code to post onto a web page.
See My NCBI Sections on Saving Searches, Collections and Bibliographies, Preferences and Filters
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