FLink: A New Way to Save PubMed Search Results
Those who search PubMed regularly have often wished for a way to import search results into a a program such as Excel. It’s here! A new tool called FLink (Frequency-weighted Links) is now accessible from the NIH National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI): http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Structure/flink/docs/flink_about.html. FLink allows PubMed search results to be saved as a CSV, or comma-separated value, file which can be imported into a program like Excel.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Enter the desired query in PubMed.
- Open FLink (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Structure/flink/flink.cgi).
- Open the “Please choose a database to start” menu and select “PubMed.”
- Select “Input from Entrez History” from the dialog box that allows you to select your desired input method.
- a) use the pull-down menu on that tab to view a list of your recent PubMed searches;
b) select the PubMed query for which you’d like to download a CSV formatted search results file;
c) press “Submit”
- FLink will now display your search results in a “PubMed” folder tab.
- Select the “Download CSV” option and choose to “open” or “save” the file, as desired. (The browser window will also display the URL at which your results can be retrieved.)
- The columns in a CSV file will depend on the database you accessed through FLink. For PubMed, thecolumns will include:
- UID (PMID)
- Title of article Summary (which includes the following information in a single cell: Authors, title, journal name, year, month (if applicable), volume, issue, pages)