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Animals in Research: Searching Alternatives : Manage/Report Results

Save Searches & Results

Most databases have an account feature that allows you to save your searches and collections of article records you find when you are searching.  Make use of these features to manage your search and save yourself time! Typically log-ins are located in the top right of the database web-page. 

Reporting Your Search

To save time when completing your IACUC protocol, there are several ways to quickly save searches directly from databases, but however you choose to do so, please be sure to include the complete search strategy.  This should include all the terms you used and how you combined them.  Searches can and should be added as a separate attachment if you are unable to fit the entire strategy in section B3 of the protocol.

Copy and paste your final search(es). 

Make sure you include all of the searches you looked for articles in.


PubMed Search: (osteomyelitis) AND (fucose OR arachidonic acid)

Search: (((osteomyelitis) AND staphylococcus aureus) AND ("injuries"[Subheading] OR "wounds and injuries"[MeSH Terms] OR "trauma"[tiab])) AND acute[Title/Abstract]
Scopus Search: ( TITLE-ABS-KEY ( osteomyelit* )  AND  TITLE-ABS-KEY ( "L-fucose"  OR  "arachidonic acid" ) )

Search: ( TITLE-ABS-KEY ( "acute osteomyel*" )  AND  TITLE-ABS-KEY ( "staph* aureus" )  AND  TITLE-ABS-KEY ( trauma*  OR  "post trauma*"  OR  posttrauma* ) ) 
Web of Science Search: TOPIC: (osteomyelit*) AND TOPIC: ("L-fucose" OR "arachidonic acid")

Search: TOPIC: ("acute osteomyel*") AND TOPIC: ("staph* aureus") AND TOPIC: (trauma* OR "post trauma*" OR posttrauma*)


Take a screenshot of your Search History.

How to take a screenshot: Use the Print Screen key on your keyboard to capture what is on your computer screen.  Then paste the screenshot into a word document.

In PubMed your search history is on the Advanced Search Page.

                   Pubmed search history

PubMed's MyNCBI

In PubMed you can save searches and records, create new search filters, and adjust other settings using MyNCBI. 



To create an account or sign in click on the 'Sign in to NCBI' link in the top right of the page.

You can sign in via a number of other accounts you may have, like Google, eRA Commons, or your Duke NetID.  Select the one you wish to use and then follow the steps to log-in.

Once you have created an account you will be able to use the 'Send to' drop-down to send article records to Collections in your account and to save searches.

Citation Management Tools

Citation management tools allow you to save, share, and annotate references as well as create citations and bibliographies. Popular citation managers include: