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Why Use My NCBI?

My NCBI is a service you can use to customize your experience when searching PubMed or other NCBI databases such as Entrez Nucleotide, Entrez Protein, and Entrez Genome. 

You can use My NCBI to:

  • Save searches
  • Set up e-mail alerts for new content
  • Create collections of saved references, sequence database records, and more
  • Choose filters that organize search results
  • Highlight search terms within your results and change other result display preferences
  • Create a bibliography of your own publications within PubMed, to use for grant preparation

To get started, click on the "Sign in to NCBI" link in the upper right-hand corner of PubMed (or any other NCBI page).

If you have a MyNCBI account, you can sign in.  If not, click the text link to register for an account.  You can also sign in with your Google credentials or your NIH Login from the grants (eRA) reporting system.

You can click the checkbox to stay signed in from a specific computer.

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Saving Searches

It's easy to save searches using My NCBI. When you save a search, you can choose to manually check for new references or schedule e-mail delivery of new papers added to PubMed which match your search criteria. To save a search:

1. Run your search.
2. Click "Save Search".

3. Name the Saved Search.
4a. Choose "no" when asked "Would you like to receive e-mail updates of new search results?" if you want to manually check for new references OR
4b. Choose "yes" when asked "Would you like to receive e-mail updates of new search result?" if you'd prefer to have new references sent to you via email.
5. Specify the frequency, format, and maximum number of citations you would like to receive per email alert.
6. Click "Save".

 The following related videos are available on the PubMed website (turn up your speaker volume):

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Creating Collections of References

It's easy to create collections of references using My NCBI. You can access your collections from any location after signing in to My NCBI. To create collections and save references to them:

1. Sign in to My NCBI.
2. Run a search.
3. Select the references you want to save by checking the box prior to each reference.
4. From the "Send To" menu choose "Collections". Click "Add to Collections".


5. To create a new collection, choose that option and name it.
6. To add these to an existing collection, choose "Append to an existing collection" and choose a collection from the drop-down menu.

You can access your saved searches and collections from any location. Just sign in to My NCBI. You will see your saved searches and collections arranged as panels.
  • Use the text links below each panel to manage the objects in the panel (searches, colllections, etc).
  • Use the links at the top of the page to customize the panels that appear on your MyNCBI page.
  • You can click and drag panels aroud to put them where you want them, or click the X boxes to remove them altogether.

The following related videos are available on the PubMed website (turn up your speaker volume):

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Changing My NCBI Preferences

You can edit your preferences within My NCBI to change how items will display. For example, you can highlight your search terms when they appear within search results. You can also change the default display of references when you click on a reference link from within your search result set. To change your preferences:

1. Log in to My NCBI.
2. Select "NCBI Site Preferences" from the links near the top right of the page.

3. Click on the links for the preferences you'd like to change.  You change preferences for almost any NCBI database.

4. After changing settings on any preference page, click the "Save" button on that page to see your changes in your MyNCBI preferences page.

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Creating My Bibliography in MyNCBI

Creating a bibliography of your own publications is easy and a way to manage your publication list. In fact, if you have NIH grants, you must use MyBibliography within MyNCBI as your publication management system. On the MyNCBI login page, you can log in with your iTrust NIH login (or eRA Commons login).  This will automatically show your bibliography from your former eRA Commons bibliography (if you had one).

If you don't have NIH grants, and therefore do not have an NIH login, you can just use whatever MyNCBI login you do have. 

You can see "My Bibliography" as a panel in your MyNCBI page, and also as an option in your "Collections" panel.

  • If you have been named a delegate for someone else's bibliography, it will also show up under "Collections"
  • To manage your bibliography, click on the "Manage My Bibliography" link under your bibliography, or click on "My Bibliography" in the "Collections" menu
  • When you are viewing your MyBibliography page, if you haven't created your bibliography yet, just click on the "Add Citation" button.

  • You can search PubMed for your manuscripts and add them to your bibliography. If you have publications that are not listed in PubMed, you can enter them by typing them in. Use the drop down menu in the "Add Citation" box to add a "Manual Citation", or choose from many other citation options.

To see more details and options for MyBibliography, please view our NIH Submission Policy guide.

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Using Filters to Group Results

Filters allow you to group results based on your personal preferences. You can filter your search results in many NCBI databases. Available filters vary from database to database. In PubMed you can filter your results by publication type, language, and several other criteria. The example below shows how to display filter tabs in PubMed. To create filter tabs to group your results:

1. Sign in to My NCBI.
2. The Filters panel should be visible on your MyNCBI page. If it's not, click the "Customize this page" link at the top right of your MyNCBI page, and select Filters as a visible panel. Click the text link "Manage Filters" at the bottom of the Filters panel.
3. Select the database in which to create the filters. In this example we chose PubMed.
4. Choose "Popular Filters", "LinkOut", "Properties", "Links" or "Search with terms (optional)" and select your preferred filters. OR you can click the "Create custom filter" button and make your own filter using keywords.  You can choose up to five filters.

After you run your searches in PubMed you will now see your customized filters to the right of the results. Click on one of the filter text links to display only those references corresponding to the selected filter. You can access and manage your filters by using the "Manage filters" text link below your custom filters.

Note that your customized filters are different from PubMed's after-search filters (which have replaced PubMed Limits), shown on the left, that display many ways to narrow your searches.

 The following related videos are available on the PubMed website (turn up your speaker volume):

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Related Videos and Tutorials

The following related videos are available on the PubMed website (turn up your speaker volume):
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Updated: November 6th, 2012 08:47