There are 2 ways to activate your library’s link resolver in PubMed.
1. Configure your NCBI Site Preferences
- Go to http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/ and sign in. If you do not have a My NCBI account, you can register for a free account here.
- Click on “NCBI Site Preferences“
- Under “PubMed Preferences“, click on “Outside Tool“
- Click on “M“
- Select your library and click on “Save“
McGill University researchers, faculty, residents or medical students should configure their settings to activate the McGill Library link resolver by selecting McGill University Library, Canada.
All other hospital staff (allied health professionals, pharmacists, administrative personnel, etc.) without a McGill ID and password should configure their settings to activate the MUHC Libraries’ link resolver by selecting McGill University Health Centre. Please note that although PubMed is accessible from anywhere, the MUHC link resolver will only work when accessing PubMed from computers connected to the MUHC network.
Once you have saved your settings, as long as you are signed in to your My NCBI account, the link resolver will appear as a button, either beneath or to the right of the reference, depending on your display settings in PubMed.
For McGill University:
2. Access PubMed via a special URL
Don’t want to create your personal My NCBI account? Not to worry! The following URLs have been configured to place your library’s link resolver on every citation in PubMed.
- McGill: http://proxy.library.mcgill.ca/login?url=http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?otool=icamuhslib
- MUHC: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?otool=icamuhclib&myncbishare=MUHC
Simply click on the appropriate link and start searching! As in the previous example, the link resolver will appear as a button, either beneath or to the right of the reference, depending on your display settings in PubMed.
If you have questions about configuring your My NCBI preferences or would like to know more about our workshops on searching in PubMed, please contact your hospital librarian.