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.

Discover Over 8 Million Open Access (OA) Papers Via Scopus!

The Scopus database now provides users the ability to easily identify OA content thanks to a collaboration with Impactstory.   Users may now access over 8 million OA papers by applying the OA filter after running a search.

Link to Scopus from the MSK Library’s Databases A-Z list and if you have any questions about this resource or want to learn more about OA journals, please don’t hesitate to ASK US.

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.