Creating a My NCBI Account

Start by creating a My NCBI account in PubMed is a way to save your searches, organize citations, and much more. Sign up for an account before getting started. 

Follow these instructions to sign in: 

  1. On the PubMed website, select Login in the top right corner
  2. Select "other login options"
  3. Select "sign up" at the bottom, then "more login options"
  4. In the "Find your login provider" search for "Harvard University"
  5. Sign in with your Harvard credentials 

From here, you can easily manage your search results using My NCBI and other PubMed tools. Learn more about My NCBI on the "Saving and Sharing in PubMed" tab!


My NCBI is a free service that allows you to create email alerts, save searches and even records, filter results by subject, and more! You need an account but that is free and easy.

You can see Saved Searches; create or view your Bibliography (if you have one); your Recent Activity; and any Collections of references that you have saved.

After signing into your account, when you search you will have the options to: 

  • Save searches, not only in PubMed but in many of the other NCBI databases as well
  • Set up email alerts for your searches and see new articles as they are published
  • Set up a Bibliography
  • See your Recent Activity
  • Save Collections of citations
  • Set up My NCBI Filters. These will appear in the left hand corner of your search results and will allow you to quickly refine your results. There are three categories:
    • Popular (Caution: if you select the Free Full Text filter, those results will not include all the material to which Harvard subscribes)
    • Link Out, which lets you set up your account to always show the Harvard link
    • Properties such as Age Groups, Dates, etc.; and Links.

Note: Once you set your filters, your PubMed searches will all include those refinements. Sometimes you may want to remove them to widen your search.

My NCBI Home Page Guide