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PhD Resource Guide: Bioinformatics

Guide to relevant library resources for PhDs.

From Information to Insight

Biological databases contain an amazing amount of information that can be used to generate hypotheses and advance your research without even stepping in the lab. This page contains information about Databases and Analysis tools that facilitate data reuse. The analysis tools can also be used to analyze your own data.

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General Bioinformatic Resources

The most comprehensive sets of molecular data can be found in data bases that participate in the International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration (INSDC).

  • National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
  • European Nucleotide Archive (ENA)
  • DNA Data Bank of Japan (DDBJ​)

Their search interfaces differ, but these organizations synchronize their data across these 3 databases, so which one you prefer is up to you.

​If you're looking for specialized databases and tools, browse the categories below or use the Online Bioinformatics Resource Collection (OBRC).

HSL primarily supports NCBI databases, but feel free to ask for help with any biological database. We are open to expanding our repertoire. Here is an introductory tutorial to NCBI.