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PubMed Tutorial from The Levy Library: Search History

Using Previous Searches

Use the Search History tool, found on the Advanced search page, to rerun or combine searches.

The History shows:

  • The Search number, which is also a link with options for adding the search to the Builder, showing the Search details, and more.
  • An option to Add to the search Builder at the top of the page.
  • The search Query.
  • The number of Items found.
  • The Time the search was run.

Rerun a search by clicking on the Items found number.

To combine searches, click the Search number to open a menu. Select the appropriate operator: AND, OR or NOT. PubMed will send that search to the Search Builder.


Tip: Search History is especially helpful for building complex or comprehensive searches.

The Download history link, located above the Items found column, will create a file of the search history in .csv format, which can be imported into a spreadsheet or text editor. This is useful if you are documenting a search for a research project such as a systematic review.

Save Searches in My NCBI

Tip: If you are often rerunning a search on a topic, you may want to save the search and/or set up a search alert in My NCBI. My NCBI is a feature of the NCBI databases, including PubMed, that allows you to save records and searches, and customize your results display with filters and other options.