PubMed: Saving a Search / Setting Up an Alert


In this video, I’m going to show you how to
save a search once you have done a good search and are happy with it. I will also show you how to set up a search
alert if you should so choose to use one. The first step, anytime that you are doing
a saving of a search is first, you need to create a good search. The next thing is you need to make sure that
you’re logged in your My NCBI account, which remember up here in this top right corner,
if you’re not signed in, it’ll ask you to sign in. Put in your username and password, and then
you’ll see something like what you see over here in the top right – where as you can see I’m
logged in to My NCBI account. The next step is to go back in to your search
history which you get to by clicking on Advanced. Once here, you’ll notice that you have your
search history and everything that you’ve searched for. And in order to save a search, all you need
to do is come over here to the number or the line of the search history you’re interested
in saving and clicking on it. When you do, you’ll notice that you have a
couple choices. The choice that’s important when it comes
to saving a search is the one at the very bottom: Save in My NCBI. When you click on that, you’ll then come to
this screen which will show you your search strategy as you can see here. But then you’ll also see a name for the search. The default name for the search is actually
the search strategy itself. You can change this just by highlighting it
and erasing it – which can always take a minute depending on how long it is – and typing something
else in and then clicking Save. Once you do this, you’ll see that I have an
invalid e-mail, but once you’ve done this you’ll notice that you have a couple choices. One choice you have is that you can go in
and here at the bottom, create what is called a search alert. A search alert is something that if you have
a really good search and you’re interested in a particular topic in wanting to stay up-to-date
on it, that you can use in order to do that. What it does is it runs your search – the
search that we’re saving, while you’re not logged in and sends you the results whenever
you should designate you want it done. Like in this case, if I wanted it done once
a month I could say, “Yes, once a month,” and then designate when during that month
I would like it sent to me. You can do it for once a week, and you can
do it everyday if you would like. It just depends. You’ll notice that once you select one you
can also have a report format such as abstract so that you know exactly what the article
is about and not just depending on the title. It just depends on what you want, as well
as how many items would you like it to send you in an e-mail. It’s a really nice option, and you’ll notice
that you can add any text you want to be added to your e-mail. There are all kinds of other options that
you can have. Now, at the same time that you’re doing this,
if you don’t want it to do that, you could keep it at No Thanks, come down towards the
bottom, click Save. And it’ll tell you that your search has been
saved. Then, anytime you would like to rerun that
search, all you have to do is come back to your My NCBI, sign in, and then once you’re
signed in, click on the top right corner. And you’ll notice that your saved search shows
up here. One of the really nice things about having
these saved searches is that, if you leave them for several days, PubMed is constantly
updated. And what will happen when you look here is,
you’ll see this What’s New column. This What’s New column will designate any
new articles that have come about as a result of your search since you last ran it, and
if you wanted to see them you could click here. Since I just did this search there are no
new articles, but when there are, I can click here and just see those articles. Now if I would like to run the search again
all I have to do is come over here and click on Sample. And when I click on Sample, what you’ll notice
that happens is that the search is rerun, and I come back out to PubMed. And that is how you save a search in PubMed.

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