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Welcome to the PubMed research guide.

How to Save Searches and Set E-Mail Alerts in My NCBI

My NCBI Account Set Up

My NCBI is a free service by the US National Library of Medicine.  Here is how to register:

  • Click Register for an account (only once) on the My NCBI Sign In page.
  • Enter a username (3 or more alpha-numeric characters) and a password (6 or more alpha-numeric characters).
  • Choose a security question and answer so you can use it to reset your password if you forget it.
  • Enter the characters displayed as an image in the text box to help us prevent automated programs from registering accounts.
  • You can enter a default email address. This email address will be used for both automatic e-mail updates and the Send to E-mail feature in PubMed.

My NCBI: Home Page

Overview of My NCBI

 The My NCBI feature (link in upper right corner of PubMed home page) allows one to

    • Register for a personal account
    • Save search strategies in order to run them at a later date (check for new citations)
    • Receive automatic email alerts for saved search strategies
    • Save results in collections
    • Set preferences for searching PubMed
    • My NCBI Handout (tri-fold in pdf)

View a YouTube video Quick Tour on My NCBI features and functions