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PubMed is a free interface for searching MEDLINE, the most popular bibliographic database in the health and medical sciences. It contains references to millions of journal articles from biomedical journals and is updated daily.

Your NCBI account

Setting up an NCBI account will allow you to save your results in collections, save search strategies and set up alerts. It also allows you to take advantage of other features such as personal bibliographies

Your account is independent of your WUSTL Key account. 

What is NCBI?

NCBI stands for National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

PubMed is just one of many databases and sources hosted by NCBI.

Tip: Searching with Clipboard results

Clipboard results are automatically added to the Advanced Search Builder history as search number #0. You can incorporate them into searches in both Advanced and simple searches. 

For example, to limit your Clipboard results to just those written in the English Language you can search for #0 in the PubMed simple search box and then apply the English Language filter. This will not alter your Clipboard contents. 

sent to optionsSaving results temporarily using the Clipboard

You can temporarily save results to the Clipboard for the duration of your search session. They will automatically disappear after 8 hours of inactivity. You do not need to create or login to a My NCBI account to use the Clipboard. 

Save results to the Clipboard by simply ticking the boxes of records you would like to add, and selecting Send to, and then Clipboard. You can access the Clipboard using a link underneath the simple search box.


Warning: Clipboard results will be lost if you clear the cookies in your Internet browser, as well as after 8 hours of activity. 

add to collections boxSaving results permanently using Collections

To save records into permanent collections you will need to set up and login to a My NCBI account. 

Tick the boxes of records you would like to add, and select Send to, and then Collections. You can then choose to create a new collection, or add results to an existing collection (if one exists).   

Although collections are permanently saved in your account, please note that NCBI accounts are deleted after 2 years of inactivity.