User guide

The guide below is designed to help you understand and use the Molecular Methods database (MolMeth) in less than five minutes. There is also a more advanced illustrated guide available by clicking this link or by downloading it from the attached files menu to the right.

The purpose of MolMeth is to help users to find, share and store instructions on how to conduct scientific experiments. These tasks are completed by accessing either the front page or your personal Account page on MolMeth.

Browsing protocols

Browsing protocols is best done by using the front page of MolMeth or by clicking the protocols link in the top menu. Both options provide you access to the browser. By clicking the “find protocols” button without selecting any selection options. you will receive a list of all protocols and standard operating procedures available on the site.

Selecting a subject from a drop down menu or writing free text into the search field, filters the list and limits the selection to content relevant to your search.

Posting and managing your own content

On the “Account” page you can see your own public user profile, a list of all groups you belong to and a sortable list of all content you have posted on MolMeth.

Groups (available in the top menu)

“Groups” is a collaborative tool that allows you to more easily share your work with other members of the site. By attaching content to a group you get the option to select the visibility of the content. Content may be publically visible or restricted to members of the group. Attaching public content to a group is useful as it helps other users to navigate the content and send e-mail to all members of the group to inform them of the new content.

You can create your own groups by clicking the “create group” link that is available on most pages at most pages except the front page and user guide. As a group creator you can decide if the group should be private (you invite members) or public (any member may join) and you can also decide to give special members privileges such as the ability to edit protocols attached to the group.

Your content

You can also create protocols and standard operating procedures. Creating this content is done by clicking on the appropriate link (available on all pages except the front page and this page) and filling in the necessary information. All protocols must contain an abstract in free text format and some additional content, but the main text can be attached as a PDF document if you so wish.

All created content is collected under the “your content” header on your account page. Content posted is stored on the website, but you can edit all your protocols which creates a new version of the protocol (older versions can be accessed through the revisions tab on each protocol). This mean that you can post early drafts of a protocol and users accessing the protocol by the link will automatically be referred to the most recent version of the protocol. If they instead wish to look at an older version they can just click the "revisions" tab to compare older versions with the most recent protocol.