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 October 5, 2000 [posted]
 Hands On: Registering for the PubMed Cubby

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his is the first in a series of Hands On Cubby articles. The next Hands On Cubby will show you how to store searches. For a complete overview of the Cubby, see Cubby help.

The Cubby, a new service for PubMed and the other Entrez databases, stores information for you. The two features the Cubby currently provides are:

  1. Stored Searches
  2. LinkOut Preferences

In order for the Cubby to store information specific to you, it must be able to recognize you. This is done by registering a User Name and Password which you use to Login to the Cubby.

In this Hands On we show you how to create your Cubby account by registering for the Cubby. We also show you what to do if you've forgotten your password or want to change it as well as how to login and log out of the Cubby.

Registering for the Cubby

  • Click on Cubby from the PubMed sidebar.
  • Then click "I Want to Register for Cubby." (See Figure 1)
  Cubby login screen

On the Cubby Registration screen (see Figure 2) create the following information, then click Register:

  1. User Name (3 - 10 characters)
  2. Password (6 - 8 characters)
  3. Retype your password
  4. Mother's Maiden Name or Pet's Name (in the event you forget your password)

User Name, Password and security word (i.e., Mother's Maiden Name or Pet's Name) are all case-sensitive. Make sure you enter these in a manner that you can easily remember.

Write down and save this information so that you can refer to it later. NLM does not store your User Name or Password.

  Register for cubby

Logging In
You must login to access the Cubby or use Cubby-supported features (e.g., customized LinkOut displays). This login will remain active for 12 hours. If you've already registered, type your User Name and Password and click Login (see Figure 3).

  Logging in to Cubby

Forgot Your Password?
If you've forgotten your password, click "Help! I Forgot My Password." In the Password Forgotten box (see Figure 4) enter your User Name and click Lookup.

  Forgotten password screen

On the Check Identity screen (see Figure 5) enter your security word (i.e., Mother's Maiden Name or Pet's Name). Click Check.

Once this information is verified, the Cubby assigns you a new Password. Make a note of your new Password as you will need it to Login to the Cubby, and you will also need it if you want to change your password to something you can easily remember.

If you forget your User Name, the Cubby cannot assist you. You may re-register under a new name; however, you will have to store your searches and specify your LinkOut preferences again.

  Check identity screen

Changing Your Password
Select Change Password from the Cubby sidebar and enter your old password and new password (see Figure 6) retype your new password, then click Change.

  Changing your password

Log Out
Click Log Out from the Cubby sidebar to end your Cubby session. Your Login will remain active for 12 hours, unless you Log Out.

Stay Tuned
Look for the next Hands On that will provide step-by-step instructions for storing searches.

By Margaret McGhee
MEDLARS Management Section

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McGhee M. Hands On: Registering for the PubMed Cubby. NLM Tech Bull. 2000 Sep-Oct;(316):e3.


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