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Biotechnology: Methods & protocols

A guide to library resources and tools for the Biotechnology program at Northeastern.

Finding methods & protocols

Methods and protocols can be surprisingly tricky to locate.  Whether looking for protocols in Scholar OneSearch, or 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.

Library resources - methods & protocols

This is just a small sample of the resources available to you through the library.  Try Scholar OneSearch for more!

Springer Protocols

SpringerProtocols is a database of over 66,000 reproducible laboratory protocols in biomedicine and and life sciences, so users can find the right protocol for their lab set-up.

SAGE Research Methods

SAGE Research Methods is an online collection of information that supports beginning and advanced researchers looking for the best methods to use in their research. 

Molecular cloning:  a laboratory manual

A mainstay of molecular biology for over twenty years, this manual covers a range of techniques and protocols.  

Basic cell culture protocols

Available online. 

An introduction to methods & models in ecology, evolution, & conservation biology

Available online.

Auditory and vestibular research:  methods and protocols

Available online.

Plant bioinformatics:  methods and protocols

Available online.

Websites with methods & protocols

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

New England Biolabs

Qiagen - Molecular biology methods

Other websites with protocols include:



Protocol Online

Protocols and Plasmids Reference Index

Featured resource: JoVE

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.