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Ndjinn Multiple Database Search

After you have started a new session or resumed an existing session, you may continue by selecting either "Protein Tools", "Nucleic Tools", "Alignment Tools", or "Structural Tools", all of which have been previously discussed. If you are just beginning a session in the Workbench, you more than likely have not imported sequences from any of the available sequence databases. Therefore, many of the tools are not yet useful to you, and the categories of "Alignment Tools" and "Structural Tools" are not applicable. Selecting "Protein Tools" or "Nucleic Tools" will allow you to select sequences pertinent to your investigation. After selecting a tool, you will be presented with a scrollable list of databases. If you selected "Protein Tools" in the Biology Workbench, you would see a list very similar to the one below.

Often the first step in using the Biology Workbench is to use the "Ndjinn Multiple Database Search". The "Ndjinn Multiple Database Search" allows you to search as many or as few of the databases in the Biology Workbench as desired for the text that you specify. By highlighting "Ndjinn Multiple Database Search" and clicking "Run" in any of the three main environments (Protein Tools, Nucleic Tools, or Alignment Tools), you will be presented with a check-box list of databases from which to choose, and a text line which to construct a query. This text line is designed to permit the construction of queries that are as precise or as general as you desire, by utilizing Boolean strings. This will become clearer as you go through the next sections on "Constructing a Query."

Click here for a collection of information about the databases that can be used with the Ndjinn search.


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