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My NCBI is a tool that retains your information and preferences to provide customized services once you sign in.

  • Save searches and/or bibliographies
  • Set up automatic email updates of searches
  • Manage searches and update schedules
  • Select filtering options to customize and group search results
  • Display links to a library’s full text articles through LinkOut
  • Apply User Preferences including highlighting search terms

Table of Contents Email Delivery via PubMed
Learn how to have a journal's Table of Contents sent to your email or each month.

Saving Searches in PubMed
Learn the steps to save a search and get email updates.

Setting Up Filters in PubMed
Save time by filtering your searches through self-selected filters such as age, study design, and free full text.

Using RSS

What's RSS?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an easy way to manage all the new content that is being published daily in selected blogs and wikis.  The RSS feed provides a mechanism for readers to receive current unread content from Websites, blogs and wikis at a central point or Web page, called a “feed reader.”  This eliminates having to go out and visit each Website, blog or wiki to read what has been newly published.  The feed reader organizes the selected feeds by subject and displays the newest unread postings on a single Web page.  RSS is also being used by PubMed and CINAHL to allow searchers to generate an RSS feed of a specific PubMed search to display the new results in a feed reader (rather than email).  The RSS icon on Websites, blogs and wikis tells you that a feed can be read by a feed reader.

Using RSS Feeds for Current Awareness
Get started with RSS & learn how to save a journal table of contents or search strategy from PubMed in your feed reader to get automatic updates.
Creating an RSS Feed with a PubMed Search
Seven Things You Should Know About RSS (PDF)
RSS in Plain English (YouTube Video)

Feed Readers:
For the Mac/iOS: Reeder
For Firefox/Chrome/iOS/Android: Feedly
For iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire & NOOK: Flipboard
Many email clients such as Outlook and Thunderbird