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PubMed: The Basics: My NCBI

A how-to guide on using and searching the New PubMed


You can use a My NCBI account to save your searches and create alerts for when new articles are added that meet your search criteria.

To register for a My NCBI account, click on the Sign in to NCBI link at the top-right corner in PubMed.

Quick tutorial on MyNCBI

Saving Searches and Alerts

  • To save your search and/or create an alert, click Create alert underneath the main search box.
  • Follow the instructions on the next screen. This is where you can give your search a name, sign up for alerts, and tell PubMed how you'd like to be notified.

Screenshot of the 'create alert' button under the search bar

Accessing Saved Searches

  • When you log into your My NCBI account, look for your saved searches in the upper-right corner.
  • Click on the name of the search to re-run it and view results.
  • If you would like to edit the search or turn your alerts on or off, click on the gear icon next to the search name to modify your options.

saving search screen shot 2

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