Biologics Basics: Navigate and Search

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This topic provides a guided tour of LabKey Biologics' user interface and search functionality, including:

Access Biologics Trial

  • This tutorial assumes that you have access to a Biologics Trial instance of the server.
  • Navigate to it and log in.
  • On your site, click Explore.
You can also follow these steps on your own server, though search results and browsing will differ.

Main Dashboard and Menus

This section provides a quick tour of LabKey Biologics LIMS. Click along to see different aspects of the data and the available tools.

Biologics Home Page

Navigate to your Biologics home page. The top header bar is available throughout the application and includes:

On the dashboard, you'll see panels displaying:

  • Dashboard Insights: A selectable set of visualizations, defaulting to the Sample Count by Status.
  • Notebooks: See task status, recent notebooks, and link to your Electronic Lab Notebooks dashboard.
  • Storage List: At a glance storage details and access to your virtual freezers and other storage.
  • Jobs List: The home for workflow jobs. If any tasks were assigned to you, they would be shown on Your Queue and can be filtered by priority.


In the main header Menu, click Registry.

The Registry section is where you will find all the different Entities in the system: Cell Lines, Protein Sequences, Molecules, etc.

Data Grids

  • Click Molecules.
The Molecules page shows a data grid of all of the registered Molecules.

Detail Pages

  • Click M-3 on the grid of Molecules
  • The M-3 Details page shows properties, components, related entities of this molecule.
  • Scroll down to view the related entities.
  • Return to the Molecules grid page by clicking Molecules in the submenu bar. You can also use the main menu.

Search Biologics

Learn more about search in this topic:

The following browsing path will help you explore some linkages in our trial example data.
  • In the header, choose Search, then enter:
  • You'll see results of various types.
  • Click the M-1 search result.
  • Scroll to the Molecule Components and click PS-17.
    • If you click anywhere in the bar, the section will expand. Click the actual name link "PS-17" to switch to that entity's details.
  • Click Sequence. The Sequence tab shows sequence annotations (the results of the sequence analysis engine).
  • Click Protein Sequences.
  • You are taken to a data grid of the registered protein sequences.

Explore sorting, searching and filtering as follows:

  • Enter the following text in the search bar:
  • Sort by clicking the column header Avg. Mass and selecting Sort ascending. Sorted columns are indicated with an icon.
  • Filters from column headers or using the button. Filters applied accumulate in the bar above the grid. Hover to see an 'X' to click to remove one filter, click Remove all to remove all.

The guided tour continues in the following topic: Biologics Tutorial: Add Sequences to the Registry

Next Tutorial

Biologics Tutorial: Add Sequences to the Registry

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