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Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics and Informatics

Encyclopedia of Genetics, Genomics, Proteomics, and Bioinformatics
Life Sciences Library (Reference) 599.935 En19 2005



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Databases and other resources


  • PubMed (Medline) – index to the bibliographic literature with links (LinkOut) to structures, compounds, sequences, etc. identified in the journal article.  The following URL will activate

  • NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) - Established in 1988 as a national resource for molecular biology information, NCBI creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information - all for the better understanding of molecular processes affecting human health and disease.  Cross-database searching available at:

  • EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute) – Established to provide freely available data and bioinformatics services to all facets of the scientific community in ways that promote scientific progress; to contribute to the advancement of biology through basic investigator-driven research in bioinformatics; to provide advanced bioinformatics training to scientists at all levels, from PhD students to independent investigators; and, to help disseminate cutting-edge technologies to industry. 

  • PubChem - PubChem is organized as three linked databases within the NCBI's Entrez information retrieval system. These are PubChem Substance, PubChem Compound, and PubChem BioAssay. PubChem also provides a fast chemical structure similarity search tool. 

  • BIOSIS Previews - life sciences and biomedical research from journals, meetings, patents, and books.  Start here for plant biology or plant genetics and other non-clinical biology and genetics articles.  Use the term “computational biology” in the major concepts field to narrow retrieval.  

  • Cold Spring Harbor Protocols - an interactive source of several hundred reliable, new and classic research techniques in molecular and cellular biology. A number of protocols demonstrate successful search strategies for the NCBI tools (i.e., BLAST, FASTA, etc.)  

  • Current Protocols Series - contains the largest collection of authoritative, peer-reviewed, regularly-updated research methods and topical overviews available.  A number of the protocols demonstrate successful use of the various NCBI  and other bioinformatic tools. 

  • Biobase Knowledge Library - combination of computational and experimental data for drug discovery, biomarker discovery, gene regulation analysis and more.  


Tutorials and Help


  • NCBI Entrez Help -- Entrez integrates the scientific literature, DNA and protein sequence databases, 3D protein structure and protein domain data, population study datasets, expression data, assemblies of complete genomes, and taxonomic information into a tightly interlinked system. It is a retrieval system designed for searching its linked databases.

  • NCBI Entrez tutorial – Based on a journal article, this tutorial uses a human gene to demonstrate the variety of information that can be gathered for a single gene. 

  • Other NCBI tutorials, including materials from courses previously taught at NCBI.

  • Bioinformatics Tutorials Series (BITS) -   from MIT Engineering and Science Libraries and Harvard's Countway Library, a series of brief video tutorials on BLAST and UCSC Genome Browser. 

  • Bioinformatics Tools:  Tips, Tutorials, and Terminology for Using Selected Resources in Genome Database Guide – These tutotials are targeted to first-time users of some of the bioinformatics resources described in Genome Database Guide.

  • EBI 2Can Supportshort and concise introductions to the basic concepts in molecular and cellular biology, bioinformatics, and the tools and databases available from EBI. 


Portals and other institutional sites


  • OBRC (Online Bioinformatics Resources Collection) – annotations and links for 2100+ databases and software tools developed at the University of Pittsburgh. 
  • RCSB Protein Data Bank -- Research Collaboratory for Structural Biology’s information portal to biological macromolecular structures. 
  • UCSC Genome Browser - reference sequence and working draft assemblies for a large collection of genomes. 



October 2008