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Springer Protocols Database Acquired by the UB Libraries

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Thanks to the UB Health Sciences Library, we are happy to announce the acquisition of a new science database, Springer Protocols. This reference database identifies and provides access to full-text content of an important component of the scientific and technical literature: laboratory protocols. Laboratory protocols are instructions for conducting specific tasks or experiments and focus on (authoritative) standard operating procedures and methods. Protocols give detailed, step-by-step instructions, lists of equipment and reagents and other resources needed to complete the task. In many instances, protocols also contain historical background information and derivations about the theories and hypotheses used, special tips and nuances, safety considerations, and references.

Springer Protocols is an inventory of more than 31,000 protocols in 15 broad subject categories, including cell biology, genetics and genomics, and infectious diseases, and includes a small and growing collection of video-procedures provided by the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JOVE). The UB Libraries also subscribes to the online version of Current Protocols, which provides easy, full-text access to thousands of basic and advanced research protocols in six categories of cell and molecular biology.

Users of the SciFinder database are alerted to the recent announcement from Springer Science & Business Media and the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) on their collaboration to link new experimental procedures for chemical reactions covered by both Springer’s journals and the CAS databases, including SciFinder. This collaboration will link procedures published in 165 of Springer’s chemistry journals to SciFinder bibliographic records.

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