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Laboratory Protocols and Methods : Find a Protocol

Search for methods or protocols in literature databases

Search for your topic (CRISPR; PCR; gram stain; etc) and connect it to keywords such as "method", "protocol", 'instrumentation", or "standard" to retrieve papers with protocol or methodological content.  You can also try connecting your topic with a specific journal name, such as Cold Spring Harbor Protocols, to examine related content from that particular source.

Please note: These literature databases also contain information for articles that are not exclusively laboratory methods or protocols, so you may retrieve many articles that use your keyword combinations, but are primary research articles, or scientific review articles. 

Getting Full Text Articles & Book Chapters

Follow    (Find It button) or the "Find It at UW Madison" link in most databases to:

  • access online full text (when available)
  • see if the journal or book is available in print (Library Catalog)
  • request a free pdf of the article or book chapter if full text is not available online (Request a Copy)

If you already have a citation, use this Citation Search to search for your article.

Featured resources

Subscription journals dedicated to protocols/methods

Open access journals dedicated to protocols/methods

Free protocol collections