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Getting the Most out of PubMed Medline: Saving Searches

Saving Searches & Creating Alerts

Saving searches and creating alerts are operated under the same utility in both Legacy PubMed and New PubMed. This tool comes in handy when you identify a search string that you would like to save and run again in the future and/or to receive updates via email as new articles are published which fall under your specified search parameters.

The steps below illustrate the process when the user is already signed in to a My NCBI account. If the user is not yet signed in, they will be directed to the log in or create an account screen prior to step three. 

Legacy PubMed

New PubMed

User signed in to NCBI account:

  1. Execute a search. 
  2. Click "create alert" directly below search bar on the results page.

User signed in to NCBI account: 

  1. Execute a search.
  2. Click "create alert" directly below search bar on the results page.
Screenshot showing location of the link to create an alert Screenshot showing the location of the link to create an alert
  1. User is directed to Saved Searches page where the options for saving searches and setting up email alerts on a set time schedule are controlled. 

Screenshot showing the options for creating a saved search

 

  1. User is directed to Saved Searches page where the options for saving searches and setting up email alerts on a set time schedule are controlled. 

Screenshot showing the options for creating a saved search

View this video training for further detail:

Save Searches and Set Email Alerts, uploaded July 8, 2015

View this interactive tutorial for further detail:

Save Searches and Set Alerts

Help with Saving Searches

Use these links to get more help with saving searches in My NCBI.