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Saving Searches

You regularly search for citations to articles about phototherapy and diabetic neuropathy. Let's use My NCBI to save the search strategy and set up an automatic e-mail update.

Click the steps to run the demonstration.

  • Step 1: First run your search in PubMed. Enter phototherapy diabetic neuropathy in the search box and click Search.
  • Step 2: From the Results screen, click on the Save Search link to the right of the search box. You will be taken to a Saved Search screen. (If you are not already signed into My NCBI, you will be prompted to do so.) You can edit the name of the search if you wish. This name will be part of the Subject line of automatic e-mail updates.

  • Step 3: When finished, click Save. If you do not want e-mail updates you are done and you can return to your search [See Manually Updating Searches]. If you do want updates, move on to:
  • Step 4: Select how often you want updates, the format of the e-mail and the records, and the number of items you would like included in the message. The e-mail will include a link that takes you to the total update results in PubMed.

    If you want to know when an update retrieved no citations, select "Send even when there aren't any new results." Finally, you can include additional text if you wish.

  • Step 5: Once you have made all your selections, click Save. This search will now be included on your list of Saved Searches in My NCBI.
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