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A Guide to Finding Protocols

This guide is designed to help UW-Madison researchers find laboratory protocols and methods. Laboratory protocols and methods are documents that provide instructions for conducting experiments or steps for performing specific laboratory procedures. They are published or shared in a wide variety of ways.

Here are the major discovery points in searching for protocols and methods: 

  • Collections (such as SpringerNature Experiments) from major publishers that provide single point searching of multiple journals dedicated to publishing validated protocols and methods 
  • Journals dedicated to publishing validated protocols and methods
  • Databases (such as PubMed) that index published protocols and methods papers, along with primary reports of research findings and review papers
  • Freely accessible websites providing online information exchange platforms for researchers. Be aware that these collections may not be vetted and you should use at your own risk

Visit our Find A Protocol page on this guide for linked lists of collections, journals, databases, and free resources available to UW Madison Researchers, along with search tips.