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  • How to search dkNET resources and additional community resources,
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  • How to search Literature within dkNET, view slides

Open a dkNET Account

Open a dkNET Account NOW to gain access of additional features. It's FREE!

dkNET account features include:

  • Manage your resources and subscribe mentions of the resources
  • Saved searches and notifications alert (New feature in 2016)
  • Add resources and/or Literatures to Collections
  • Reproducibility Report: Monitor resources and generate authentication plan for antibodies, cell lines, organisms, and chemicals for grant submission and laboratory use.
  • API services

Search Tips                                                                                                                                       

From dkNET search box, you can type any search term or terms. Here are some tips to help searching:         

  • Use quotes around phrases you want to match exactly, e.g., "polycystic kidney disease", particularly if your search phrase contains short words like "of", "and", "to".  
  • You can manually add AND and OR between terms to change how you search between words, e.g., Diabetes AND obesity, will search for records containing both terms.  Diabetes OR obesity, will search for records with either term.
  • You can add "-" to terms to negate a search term, e.g., diabetes -NIDDK, will search for diabetes but not the NIDDK.
  • You can add "+" to terms to require that term to be in the results
  • Using autocomplete specifies will expand your search automatically with terms from the ontology, e.g., synonyms, abbreviations.                                                                                                                                              

Use Cases

 dkNET can be used to search for a variety of resources that can be useful within your research project. Below is a list of Use Cases from the NIDDK community and examples of how to use dkNET to answer these questions.

  • What markers differentiate developing ureteric bud from the mesonephrenic duct? Watch demo movie.
  • Can I find validated antibodies (both mouse and human) against the TR alpha isoform?
  • Find funding opportunities for drosophila and diabetes?
  • Find animal models of diabetes induced by diet.
  • Are there chemical agents for visualizing the digestive system?
Check out the slides here to learn how to answer these questions using dkNET!


  • Will my old account work on the new dkNET 2.0?
    • Yes, if you signed up for an account on dkNET 1.2, you can still use the same account on dkNET 2.0.
  • Do I need an account to use dkNET?
    • No, you can use the dkNET search portal without an account. However, if you want to save searches using the Save Searches or results sets through the Collections function, you will need an account. In future releases, you will also be able to sign up for alerts when new resources are added to dkNET that meet your search criteria.
  • How do I export results from dkNET?
    • Results can be downloaded as CSV by selecting "Table View" and selecting the tool icon in the upper right corner.  Select "Export first 1000 results".  To export > 1000 results, please contact us.
  • I have a database that I think would be of interest to the dkNET community. How can I make it available through dkNET?
    • Resources under the Community Resource section are selected by the dkNET Steering Committee based on their relevance to the community and their support by NIDDK. However, we are now enabling the community submit resources for consideration via the Add a Resource link. A description of these resources will be made available through the Community Resource section in an upcoming release.
  • What is a research resource?
    •  A research resource is any material, software tool, data or service that is used in the course of scientific research. In dkNET, we focus on non-commercial research resources, largely created through investments of government funders. The dkNET search portal provides the ability for researchers to search across websites and databases that provide access to or information about these types of resources.    
  • What resources are available through dkNET?
    •  dkNET searches across webpages and databases that provide access to research resources of interest to NIDDK researchers. dkNET has selected a subset of these resource providers as "Community Resources", that is, resources that were specifically created for the dkNET community, e.g. GUDMAP, or contain information of particular importance to NIDDK Researchers, e.g. the Antibody Registry. A list of the currently Community Resources can be found here.  However, dkNET is built on a platform called SciCrunch (see below) that provides access to hundreds of of databases across all fields of biomedicine. These databases are also accessible through dkNET under the "More Resources" tab. See out tutorial for a guided tour of these features. 
  • How does a resource get listed in dkNET?
    •     Currently, the resources searched through dkNET as "Community Resources" were pre-selected for inclusion by the NIDDK Network Steering Committee. 
  • I've searched through dkNET and can't find what I'm looking for. What should I do?
    •     Use the "Report an issue" tab at the bottom of the page. You can also review the "Search tips" for more information.
  • What is SciCrunch?
    • SciCrunch is a community-building platform that was designed to promote data sharing in the biomedical sciences. dkNET is built using the SciCrunch platform. Through SciCrunch, dkNET users can access not only their community resources, but also hundreds of additional databases that have been built by others in the biomedical community.
  • What is the difference between dkNET can dkCOIN?
    • dkCOIN was the prototype for dkNET and will no longer be maintained after the release of dkNET. All data from dkCOIN has been transferred to dkNET.

  • How often are dkNET research resources updated? 
    • dkNET data sources are dynamically updated and new sources are added on a regular basis. We updates data sources weekly or monthly, depending on the resources. For most up-to-date resource information, it is suggested to visit the resource sites directly.


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