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To operate the program, you enter the identifiers you would like to translate, select the type of identifier from the drop-down menu, and select the identifier outputs you want.
There are 3 ways of entering identifiers:
- type them into the textbox under the "Gene Identifiers" tab
- upload a file of identifiers under the "File Upload" tab. When uploading a list of identifiers, the IDs you provide must all be of the same type, eg, all must be gene symbols, or UniGene IDs, etc.
- select a Gene List from the "Gene Lists" tab. These lists are composed of Entrez Gene IDs.
Next, the type of identifier must be selected from the drop-down menu. The default selection is 'Let CTD determine ID Type'. If this input type is used, then you may submit multiple different types of identifiers to CTD. If you change the input type to a specific type, you must select the correct type of identifier that corresponds to the identifiers you entered above or no matches will be found.
Finally, you select the identifier outputs you want and click the "Translate" button. All available translations are shown in the "outputs" section. Within any set of translations, you click on the checkbox next to each specific translation that you want or you can click on "Check Category" or "Uncheck Category". Take care to limit the number of outputs requested unless your input list is short, as many of the options will return many results (particularly GO Terms, or UCSC known genes).
The results page contains a table with one row for each translation of the input. If you wish to save the results on your computer, click the link above the table in the Download section for the format you wish to download.
If 'Let CTD determine ID Type' was chosen as the Input Type, then there may be multiple tables of results returned - one for each type identified in the input list.