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Getting the Most out of PubMed Medline: Exporting from PubMed

Exporting to Citation Managers

The steps to export citations to citation management software are similar between the versions. The basic steps are:

  1. Perform a search in PubMed. Check the boxes next to articles for the citations you wish to download. If you're conducting multiple searches, save items to your "Clipboard", a temporary storage space in PubMed.  You can do this by selecting "Clipboard" from the "Send to" menu. If you do this, a Clipboard icon and the number of items on the "Clipboard" will be displayed at the upper right of the page. To view the items on your Clipboard, click on the link next to the Clipboard icon.
  2. When you are ready to export your results, click the Send to menu at the upper right corner of your results or Clipboard.  Select Citation manager.  Then, click the Create File button. An .nbib file will be created. 


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Saving and Emailing Results and Searches

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Export citations into citation management software



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