Searching on Multiple PubMed IDs

The PubMed ID (PMID) is one of several standard identifiers in the NCBI system of resources (PubMed, PubMed Central, etc.). You can find a reference in PubMed searching on its PMID number by entering the number in the search box.

If you have a list of PMIDs (created by yourself or supplied by a colleague) and you want to convert it into a list of references — this is easy to do!. Each PMID number can be used as a search term.  Just enter each PMID (by typing or pasting) in the PubMed search box, leaving a space between each number. You don’t need to use a Boolean Operator between each number.

Once you click on the Search button, PubMed converts the numbers into a search strategy by automatically placing an OR between each number behind the scenes and applying the [uid] qualifier to the search string.

This is how the search strategy would look behind the scenes:
30856610 30856515 30856373 30856296 30856208[uid]

PubMed will do the same even if you enter the OR between each PMIDs. Both approaches would work, however you can save time with the method just shared. If you have any questions regarding this tip or would like to learn more about PubMed, don’t hesitate to ASK US!  You can also check out our workshop calendar for an upcoming PubMed session.

Formatting Citations in OneSearch

While EndNote is the most obvious tool to view a citation formatted in a specific style, not every situation needs the complexity of EndNote. Sometimes you may just need to copy and paste a citation into a document or email.

Many databases and search engines (ex. Google Scholar), give you the opportunity to view a citation in a variety of style formats (AMA/JAMA, APA, NIH, etc.). You simply view the citation in the needed style, copy it as plain text and paste it into your document or email.

MSK Library’s search and discovery tool OneSearch can also provide citations in several popular style formats for a wide variety of print and electronic resources available through the MSK Library.

Follow the steps below to copy and paste citations from OneSearch.

  • Click the double quote icon (“) in the upper right corner immediately above the citation
  • In the pop-up window, use the scroll bar to view all the citation styles available and click the one you want to use. The citation will instantly be reformatted to that style.
  • Copy and paste the citation into your document or email.

Note: This will only provide the citation in plain text, it will not create an in-text citation.

Converting Breast Cancer Cells into Fat, Painkillers Role in Cancer Survival, and More…

Below are highlights of recently published cancer research publicized in the news:

  • Scientists from the University of Basel, Switzerland, used new combination therapy with MEK inhibitors and the anti-diabetic drug Rosiglitazone in mouse models of breast cancer. The therapy inhibits cancer cell invasion, dissemination, and metastasis formation in mouse models of breast cancer forcing the trans-differentiation of breast cancer cells into adipocytes, or fat cells. For more, see study published in Cancer Research.
  • U.S. researchers found that regular use (6 months or more) of NSAID, or painkiller medications such as aspirin, was consistent with prolonged disease-specific survival and overall survival in head and neck cancer compared with nonregular NSAID use. The findings were reported in Journal of Experimental Medicine.
  • Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University found a way to stimulate macrophages ability to engulf and eat cancer cells by overcoming hindrances caused by inhibitory activity of CD47 protein. CD47 is a ‘don’t-eat-me’ signal that suppresses the phagocytic activity of macrophages. Read more about this in Nature Immunology.
  • An international group of authors established molecular hallmarks of tumor hypoxia across multiple cancer types. Hypoxia is an adverse prognostic feature correlated with tumor aggressiveness. The group quantified hypoxia in 8,006 tumors across 19 tumor types. Established patterns may offer insights into what categories of patients may benefit most from anti-hypoxia therapy and provide the basis for developing therapeutic agents targeting tumor hypoxia. The study was published in Nature Genetics.