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Gain access to Penn resources easily through these online tools.


For links to full-text articles from PubMed, connect to PubMedPlus on various Penn Libraries' webpages.

Alternatively, when viewing a PubMed abstract, add ?otool=upennlib to the web address to show the PennText link. For example:

To see PennText links no matter how you access PubMed, set up a MyNCBI account designating Penn's Outside Tool on your personal computer:

  1. In the upper right corner of PubMed's main search page, click on Sign Into MyNCBI. (Register with your PennKey from the link "See more 3rd party sign in options" or create a new account and sign in.)
  2. Click on MyNCBI, then NCBI Site Preferences.
  3. Under PubMed Preferences, click on Outside Tool.
  4. Browse through the list of institutions (or use your browser's Find function to search) and select University of Pennsylvania Library.
  5. Click the gray Save button at the top or bottom of the page.
  6. Sign out, then on the NCBI Sign In page, check the box next to Keep me signed in and sign in.  Now however you get to PubMed from that browser, you'll see the PennText links in the abstract display of your PubMed search results.

You can also use MyNCBI to customize PubMed, save searches, save and share collections of citations, see several months of your searching history and manage your NIH bibliography.

Recommended custom filters: medline[sb] for citations with MeSH terms to quickly identify useful terms from search results.  For veterinarians, veterinary[sb] for animal-related articles and/or species-specific:  dogs[mesh] or cats[mesh], horses[mesh] to quickly find articles relevant to your patients. 

A brief video tutorial is also available.