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Protocols and Methods Collections

        • Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
          Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, pioneers in Molecular Biology Research have a well-respected press that includes manuals and methods books. This collection is the foundation for the CSH Protocols series.
        • Current Protocols Series
          This is a journal series with 17 titles in collection that is indexed in a number of search engines. The libraries subscribe the the 13 titles listed below. Use advanced search, then filter for lab protocols to search the entire Current Protocols Series

          Titles in Series:
          Current Protocols in Bioinformatics, Current Protocols in Cell Biology, Current Protocols in Cytometry, Current Protocols in Human Genetics, Current Protocols in Immunology, Current Protocols in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Current Protocols in Molecular Biology, Current Protocols in Neuroscience, Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry, Current Protocols in Pharmacology, Current Protocols in Protein Science, Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology, and Current Protocols in Toxicology
        • Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)
          a video journal featuring methods for biological research. MIT's subscribes to seven JoVE sections: Applied Physics, Bioengineering, Chemistry, Clinical and Translational Medicine, General, Immunology and Infection, and Neuroscience.
        • Methods in Enzymology
          Early volumes in this journal are amongst the most highly cited papers ever published.
        • Nature Protocols
          Nature publishing has greatly expanded their scope and range of publications while maintaining their reputation. This collection contains content from the edited Nature Protocols Journal and a forum-based Protocols Exchange.
        • Springer Protocols
          This is our largest collection of methods and protocols that were published in book series going back to 1984.

        Discovering Protocols

        Search Barton for books with Methods and Protocols

        Basic Search:  (laboratory manuals) and (biol* or biochem*)  Will retrieve over 600 books about experimental methods.

        Databases that index selected protocols

        Protocols on the Web

        • Bio-protocols, founded by Stanford researchers in 2010, seeks to promote free and open communication within the life sciences community. To this end, all protocols are associated with a moderated Q&A panel. These Q&A panels help readers successfully reproduce protocols by letting them easily ask authors clarifying questions.
        • Open WetWare is an effort to promote the sharing of information, know-how, and wisdom among researchers and groups who are working in biology & biological engineering.
        • Protocol exchange The Protocol Exchange is an open resource where the community of scientists pool their experimental know-how to help accelerate research.
        • Protocols Online a database of research protocols in a variety of life science fields. It contains protocols contributed by worldwide researchers as well as links to web protocols hosted by worldwide research labs, biotech companies, personal web sites.

        Methods in Dissertations and Theses


        About Protocols and Methods

        Descriptions of experimental procedures are widespread in the scientific literature. The methods sections of research articles are typically brief, and may not provide enough information for a researcher to replicate the experiment.  Protocols and methods are a body of literature that describe experimental procedures in detail.  Research methods may be published separately and can be found in a variety of literature types: method-focused journals, books or dissertations. 

        A good protocol can save you countless hours in the lab with proven methodologies as a starting point for your research.

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