4. FIT-IH: PubMed Clipboard
I think the most useful feature in PubMed < http://pubmed.gov> is the Clipboard. Like your Amazon.com shopping cart the Clipboard is where you can collect together in one spot all the interesting references you find
while searching in PubMed. Then you can conveniently do further actions to them all at once. To make your reviewing easier it automatically eliminates duplicate entries for you.
Before you leave a page of search results, you can send multiple items from the page to Clipboard with one "Send to Clipboard" action. Click on the checkbox next to the references you want to manipulate. Then on the far right of the Action Bar (under the Feature Bar) change the action term on the "Send To" down arrow pick list to "Clipboard". You will then get a message highlighted in pink that says
N items were added to Clipboard.
Clipboard items will be lost after eight hours of inactivity.
The maximum number of Clipboard items is 500.
If the message says "0 items were added to Clipboard." that means the item is a duplicate and is already in the Clipboard from a previous search today.
When you are finished searching for today, go to the Clipboard by clicking on the tab on the Feature Bar. You can review and delete references, change the display to include (or remove) the abstracts, or return to searching if you get a great idea from looking at what you have saved already. When you are done you can:
If your next action will be to change to the "Send To" view to "Save", or
"Email" you might want to first change the "Display" format from the default "Summary" to "Abstract", so any abstracts will be included, or to "Citation"
which includes abstracts and the indexing (AKA MeSH) terms (more on MeSH in a future message).