Click the Log In link, located in the top right corner of the blue page header, to sign into or register for a free My NCBI account. With this account, you can:
When you click on the Log In link for the first time, you will be prompted to create a username and password. Once you've logged in, the Log In link will be replaced with your username.
PubMed allows you to save citations indefinitely using My NCBI Collections.
To save citations, select them by checking the small box to the left of each article and choose Collections from the Send to menu. If you wish to save all of your results (1,000 maximum), do not make any selections.
On the next screen, you will be asked whether you want to create a new collection or add to an existing one.
TIP My NCBI provides a Favorites folder as a default collection, but you may find it helpful to create a new collection for each paper or assignment.
To save a search, first sign into My NCBI and run a search, then click on the Create alert link beneath the search bar.
On the next screen, you can edit the name of the saved search, enroll in e-mail updates of newly added citations if desired, and change the settings for the email updates. The e-mail address associated with your My NCBI account will be used as the default address. Click Save when finished customizing.
To retrieve collected citations or saved searches, click your account username in the top right corner of the blue page header and select Dashboard. This will pull up the My NCBI homepage (as shown below). The default location of the Saved Searches module is on the right side, and the Collections module is immediately below it.
In the Saved Searches module of the image above, notice that 2 new records related to the hearing loss cognitive function mental health search have been found since the search was run 13 days earlier.
You can run searches directly from your my NCBI homepage, either from the Search NCBI Databases module or by clicking on one of the searches shown in the Recent Activity module. However, if you’d rather return to the main PubMed search page, click on the PubMed link in the POPULAR column at the bottom of the page.
You can customize your My NCBI dashboard and site preferences to your liking. On the dashboard, you can collapse a module by clicking on the arrow in its top right corner. You can also move modules around on the page.
Near the top right corner of the homepage, you will see several links. The first, Customize this page, takes you to a page that explains the purpose, features, and suggested uses each of module and allows you to choose which ones appear on your homepage.
You can customize settings throughout PubMed by clicking the NCBI Site Preferences link in the top right corner of your My NCBI homepage.
NOTE If you search PubMed without first logging into My NCBI, you will not see any customizations in effect.
The first 2 categories contain some helpful preferences: