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PubMed Outside Tool

Create an account with PubMed, and set PubMed to remember your UH affiliation to find full text faster on your mobile devices.

Step-by-step instructions:

PubMed Outside tool lets you set PubMed to remember your UH Mānoa affiliation and thus make accessing full-text easier.

  1. Start at the public URL for Pubmed:
  2. Next, click on Log in in the upper right of the screen
  3. Choose to log in with a Google Account or other login options if you already have an NIH or eRA Commons account
  4. Next, choose create a new NCBI account and click Continue
  5. Next, click on your PubMed login in the upper right and select Dashboard.
  6. On the dashboard page, you can see your search history and saved searches and set your preferences. Go to NCBI Site Preferences, located in the upper right.
  7. Next, click on Outside Tool, located under PubMed Preferences.
  8. There should be a long list of institutions. You can do a control+find to search for Mānoa or use the alphabet at the top to find the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. Once selected, return to the preferences page. 

Test it out! Conduct a search, click on the title of an article, and you should now see the Find It button. The Find It button links you to full-text articles via UH Mānoa. You should now be able to get to full-text articles faster in PubMed.

Changes to PubMed logins

Do you log into NCBI to use MyNCBI, SciENcv, or MyBibliography? Do you submit data to NCBI? Beginning in June 2021, there will be changes to how you log into these and all other NCBI accounts. Read below for the details.

What’s happening?
NCBI is transitioning from using local account passwords (the password you created at NCBI) for logging into NCBI to using only 3rd-party logins (your username and password from Google,, ORCiD, your university or research institution account, etc.).

What about my account data?
This change will NOT affect the data in your account, such as your MyBibliography, SciENcv, or submission data. You will also keep your NCBI Username; you just won’t be able to log in with it anymore.

Why is this happening?
NIH, NLM, and NCBI take your privacy and security very seriously. Transitioning to 3rd parties with industry-standard security ensures that you have the highest level of security and enables us to focus our resources on improving your experience once you log in.

Which 3rd party logins can I use?
We have over 4000 3rd-party options for you, including, ORCiD, Google, Microsoft, InCommon, and EduGain-affiliated organizations. See:

Choosing the Best 3rd-Party Option for You

What is happening when?
Summer 2021 - As of June 22, users can no longer create an account with an NCBI-managed password. Shortly afterward, we will launch a software tool (“wizard”) to walk you through turning off your NCBI password and linking a 3rd-party login. We are gradually rolling out the wizard this summer, so you may not see it immediately.

June 2022 - Any accounts without valid 3rd-party logins linked to them will no longer be accessible through NCBI login pages. The data in the accounts will be preserved, and procedures will be available for data recovery.

What do I need to do?
We suggest linking at least one 3rd-party login to your account now and starting to use it to log into NCBI. By acting now, you will ensure no difficulties or delays in accessing your accounts come June 2022, when special procedures will be required to access accounts without linked 3rd-party logins. For directions, see:

How do I link 3rd-party logins to my NCBI account?

We are here to help!
Read our NCBI Account Login FAQs for more information. If you have any questions or encounter issues, you can always email us at the Help Desk or

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