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PubMed: More Search Tips: Saving and exporting citations

Advanced search tips for the PubMed biomedical literature database.

Saving citations in PubMed

To save specific citations from PubMed, select the checkboxes next to the citations. Choose Collections under the Send to: drop-down menu and click Add to Collections:

You will be prompted to log in to My NCBI (or sign up for a new account) and create a new collection or add the citations to an existing collection.

For more information about saving results in PubMed, see PubMed Help: Saving and E-mailing Results and Searches.

Exporting citations to a reference manager in PubMed

EndNote and RefWorks
To export citations from PubMed to EndNote or RefWorks, select the checkboxes next to the citations. Choose Citation Manager under the Send to: drop-down menu and click Create File:

Download the file to your computer and import it into EndNote or RefWorks (under References > Import > Select text file. Be sure the import filter is set to NLM PubMed and the database to PubMed).

Zotero
To export citations from PubMed to the Zotero add-on in Firefox, look for the yellow folder icon in the address bar (you may need to select Zotero under the Tools menu). When the icon is clicked, a list of citations will appear.

Select the citations of interest and click OK.

Mendeley
Install the Save to Mendeley button on your bookmarks toolbar. Clicking on this button will bring up a list of citations. Select the plus sign next to the citations of interest to add them to My Library, or click Save All to save the entire list.

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