My NCBI has been redesigned

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) has released an improved user interface for My NCBI. The new interface provides a streamlined interface, robust performance, and intuitive navigation. The most visually significant enhancement is that all functions are viewed directly from the My NCBI homepage, where they are made readily accessible for set up and customization. See this summary for highlights of the new My NCBI interface, or view this 2-minute video tutorial from NCBI/NLM:

If you’ve never used My NCBI and are wondering why you would, here are some of the features and functions of this important resource:

Saved Searches: Saved Searches allows users to save search queries for NCBI databases, and provides automatic e-mail updates for saved searches, which can be set up on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.

Collections: the Collections feature allows search results and records from any NCBI database to be saved in My NCBI.

My Bibliography: My Bibliography provides a centralized place where citations to your own publications are easily stored, accessed, exported as a file, and made public to share with others.  A feature of interest to eRA Commons users, Award view, allows you to see whether your publications comply with the NIH Public Access Policy, to start the compliance process for journal articles, and to associate your publications to NIH extramural awards.

Recent History: Recent Activity provides a history of queries searched and records retrieved in NCBI databases for the last six months.

My NCBI also allows several customization options for PubMed and other NCBI databases, including highlighting search terms, turning off the auto suggest feature, and creating search filters, which can be used to group results into reviews, clinical trials, or citations with UW full text links, among other choices.

For general assistance with My NCBI or other resources, feel free to contact the Ebling Library Service Desk, at 262-2020, contact your Liaison Librarian, or use our Ask a Librarian service, at

For help specifically with changes to the My Bibliography, or compliance with the NIH Public Access policy, please email