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BIOL 2309: Biology Project Lab

Find Methods and Protocols

Methods and protocols can be surprisingly tricky to locate.  When looking for protocols in a database, like Web of Science, you'll likely have the most luck by searching for your topic and/or organism, plus a term like 'method', 'protocol', or other synonym.

Below are some resources that may be helpful as a starting point in your research.

Selected Resources for Protocols

Methods in Cell Biology 

Methods in Cell Biology is a journal that has built up a deep library of biological methods to study model developmental organisms, organelles and cell systems, as well as comprehensive coverage of microscopy and other analytical approaches. You have access to all issues in this journal starting from 1964 to the present. 

Some specific volumes that might be of particular interest for your work in this course:

Molecular cloning: a laboratory manual


A mainstay of molecular biology for over twenty years, this manual covers a range of techniques and protocols.  You can find it at call number QH422.2 .M26 on the third floor of Snell Library.


Wormbook is a comprehensive, open-access collection of original, peer-reviewed chapters covering topics related to the biology of Caenorhabditis elegans and other nematodes. There is also a section called WormMethods, which contains a collection of protocols for nematode researchers.


WormBase is an international consortium of biologists and computer scientists dedicated to providing the research community with accurate, current, accessible information concerning the genetics, genomics and biology of C. elegans and related nematodes.  

C. elegans: Methods and applications

You can find this book of C. elegans methods at call number QL391.N4 on the third floor of the library.

JoVE:  the Journal of Visualized Experiments

JoVE is the world's first peer reviewed scientific video journal. Watch experts perform protocols before attempting them yourself.


Here's a basic methods video showing how to do a Western blot.

Nature Protocols

An online resource for authoritative, peer-reviewed protocols and an interactive Protocols Network. The two create a dynamic forum for scientists to upload and comment on protocols.

Company websites can be good resources for basic protocols.  Some examples:

New England Biolabs

Qiagen - Molecular biology methods

Other websites with protocols include: