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Biology: Research Methods & Protocols

Cautionary Note

The biological, life, and medical sciences are rapidly advancing the scope of knowledge in every aspect of their research and study. The information base in these disciplines is evolving rapidly as new discoveries, techniques, protocols, and laboratory practices change. Users of older reference work, such as encyclopedia and handbooks may contain information and data that have changed. Users are cautioned that such publications may contain outdated entries, and the older the resource, the more likely this will occur. We retain older resources for providing historical and background information. Be very careful, when using older reference resources and be sure that you document their citations carefully, should you need to verify or revise information discovered.

Research Methods & Protocols

  • Springer Protocols
    Collection of laboratory protocols in cell biology, genetics/genomics, protein sciences, biochemistry, neurosciences, immunology, molecular medicine, microbiology, neuroscience, plant sciences, cancer research, pharmacology/toxicology, infectious diseases, biotechnology, bioinformatics, and imaging/radiology). More info

  • Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
    Step-by-step methods in cell, developmental and molecular biology, genetics, bioinformatics, protein science, computational biology, immunology, neuroscience, and imaging. More info

  • Methods in Enzymology
    Detailed protocols and methods for both established and emerging methodologies and technologies. More info

  • Current Protocols in Bioinformatics
    Step-by-step instructions for searching a diverse set of bioinformatics databases and tools; also contains chapters on finding genes, sequence similarities, working with protein domains, building biological databases, analyzing expression patterns, and more. More info

  • Current Protocols in Cell Biology
    Detailed protocols and related information for gel electrophoresis, microscopic techniques (confocal, fluorescence), signal transduction, antibodies as tools, whole organism or organelle methodologies, sub cellular fractionation, and more. More info

  • Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
    Provides protocols and procedures ranging from basic methods for preparing DNA, RNA and protein and growing cells in culture, to advanced procedures including DNA sequencing, recombinant libraries, microarray analyses, mutagenesis, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), high-throughput sequencing, and gene silencing. More info

  • Current Protocols in Protein Science
    Methodologies for expression, characterization, and purification of proteins, including recombinant proteins, plus post-translational modifications and structural characterizations. More info

  • Current Protocols in Immunology
    A "best-practices" collection that provides comprehensive coverage of immunological methods from classic to the most cutting-edge. Covers the latest in antibody detection and preparation, molecular immunology, innate immunity, tumor immunology, engineering immune molecules and receptors. More info

  • JoVE
    The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is an online journal of visualized (video-based) biological and life science research procedures and methods. Articles published in JoVE focus on experimental techniques and procedures used in laboratory settings for conducting research. These procedures are captured and displayed as videos with written explanations that include graphics and illustrations, and are enhanced with narrations and explanations in video formats. Coverage includes the content in the following six JoVE Journal sections:: Biochemistry, Cancer Research, Chemistry, Developmental Biology, Environment, and Genetics.]

Biological Sciences Librarian

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Fred Stoss
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