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The Handbook is divided into 24 chapters, each discussing a product group with common properties or applications. Each chapter is subdivided into sections, grouping products by more narrowly defined properties or applications. If a product has multiple applications, it may appear in more than one location. For help navigating the contents of this CD-ROM, refer to Tools.
The text in each section describes product applications and properties. Where possible, we have cited the literature for particular applications. For some products, we have speculated on possible applications. Although we believe these speculations are reliable, you should consult the original literature for experimental details.
Product lists are available for each section. These lists contain the catalog numbers, names and unit sizes of the products discussed in the section. Products are arranged in alphabetical order by name.
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Product Information Sheets, accessible from Product Pages, are available for many of our products. They contain comprehensive information about applications and storage conditions and provide detailed protocols for particular applications. A complete list of Product Information Sheets can be accessed from the Table of Contents.
A list of references describing the applications for a particular product can be obtained from its Product Page. Our fully searchable bibliography has also been included on this CD-ROM. See Search Tips for more information about how to search the bibliography. We also provide separate extensive bibliographies for dextran (D-8998) and microsphere (M-8997) products.
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This section describes the tools for navigating the content of this CD-ROM. These tools include the Quick Find Menu and the Search Interfaces.
The Quick Find Menu is located at the top of each page, to the right of the Handbook of Fluorescent Probes and Research Products banner. This menu allows you to easily jump to the major content areas of the CD-ROM.
|Figure. The Quick Find Menu in its open state. Select a menu item to jump to a major content area of the Handbook CD-ROM.|
Search interfaces (technology provided by JObjects, http://www.jobjects.com) are available to help you quickly find what you are looking for on the Handbook CD-ROM. If you do not have a Java-capable browser, you will need to install one in order to use the search interfaces. Please refer to the Browsers section of this page for more information.
|Figure. An example search. Double-clicking on a line in the results window will take you to the page.|
Searches are not case sensitive. You may enter more than one word or partial word (e.g., 'alexa fluor'). If you are searching for a partial word, use an asterisk as a wild card. For example, searching for 'phall*' will give results that include both 'phallacidin' and 'phalloidin'. Searching for 'tex* dex*' gives all of our Texas Red dextran conjugates. With the exception of Product name searches, you always need to specify the first part of the word. For instance, in a search of Handbook text, 'rhoda*' will return results on 'rhodamine' but not on 'tetramethylrhodamine'. In all cases, the applet supports using an asterisk as a wild card only when it is at the end of the (partial) word.
To search either of the document collections:
1. Enter your search term or query in the text box. For example, a search of the Handbook text for 'alexa fluor' will read on-screen as "Search in: Handbook for: alexa fluor".
2. Click the 'Search' button.
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5. Once the document is open, use your browser's 'Find' function to locate the term(s) on the page.
You can enter a Boolean expression, using AND, OR, NOT and NEAR operators. Use AND to specify two or more terms that must occur in the document (e.g., searching Handbook text for 'apoptosis AND chromatin' will return a list of sections discussing the chromatin changes in apoptotic cells). Use OR to specify two or more terms, any of which occur in the document (e.g., 'collagen* OR gelatin*'). Use NOT to find documents that do not contain the expression (e.g., 'fluospheres NOT transfluospheres'). Multiple terms automatically make an AND expression. You can also use parentheses in Boolean expressions. For example, you might narrow a search of product names with a nested query such as '(Alexa OR Oregon) AND 488'.
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