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PubMed Citations to Reference Manager

Download your article citations from PubMed, and import them into Reference Manager.


The National Library of Medicine has recently redesigned its PubMed interface to simplify searching operations within the database. This tutorial will illustrate how this redesign affects downloading records to Reference Manager.

Once we have done a search, then we can select the citations we want to import into our Reference Manger database. Clicking on the box next to each citation selects that citation. We then want to stipulate how these citations will be sent from the Medline database. Click on the link, "Send To:" and choose File. The format for the citations in this file needs to be the Medline format, which is the required format for any PubMed citation. You're going to change it from the Summary Text format in PubMed, to the Medline format.Then click on Create File. The File Download dialog box will open up, and click Save, then you can stipulate where you want to save this file. Save it on the Desktop, and I'm going to give it a more meaningful name than the PubMed default name, pubmed_result. Click Save, and now this file of Medline citations is stored on the desktop, in the Medline format, ready to be imported into the Reference Manager database.

After opening the Reference Manager database, click on File, and under File click Import Text File. Now the file is ready to be imported into the Reference Manager database. You need to choose the appropriate filter, in this case I want to choose the PubMed filter. So click on the Search button and look through all the filters that are available within Reference Manager. Choose PubMed, click Open, and then I'm going to find where my file is located. Again, clicking the Search button next to File, choosing the statins text file of the citations that I have downloaded from the PubMed database, click Open, and now my citations are ready to be imported into my Reference Manager database.

by David Stewart


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