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PubMed: Ten Tips

Adapted from the UNC Chapel Hill Pubmed Ten Tips guide.


Image of My NCBI log in optionsMy NCBI retains user information and database preferences to provide customized services for many NCBI databases. My NCBI features include:

  • Save searches & automatic e-alerts

  • Display format preferences

  • Filter options

  • My Bibliography & NIH public access policy compliance

  • Highlighting search terms

  • Recent activity searches & records for 6 months 


To access your account, click on the Log In link in the upper right corner of PubMed opening page. Select NCBI Account from the list of account options. You will be able to log in using your university domain username/password or by creating a new account. 


Note: Important changes to NCBI Accounts coming in June 2021. See more about the changes on NCBI Insights.


Help! I am unable to email results in PubMed. The reCAPTCHA widget produces the error message "ERROR for site owner: Invalid domain for site key"

Image of PubMed recaptcha error message

This is caused by the reCAPTCHA that is now required to send e-mails from PubMed not working nicely with our EZproxy system. Unfortunately, there are no plans for PubMed to make changes that will allow this functionality to work correctly when using a link to PubMed that goes through EZproxy. To resolve this issue is to log into your NCBI account before the selecting the email option.