• IDA Research Guide Overview
  • Locating your targets.
  • Obtaining medical school catalogs.
  • Using the World Wide Web to find information.
  • Obtaining CRISP Abstracts.
  • Using the Gopher system.
  • The Department of Defense web site.
  • Freedom of Information Act requests.
  • Obtaining USDA Annual reports.
  • Obtaining USDA Inspection reports.
  • Investigating your targets with Medline.
  • Medline on the World Wide Web.
  • Contacting the National Institute of Health.
  • Other important documents.
  • Reviewing journal articals, grants and other documents.
  • Obtaining professional opinions.
  • Writing a brochure or fact sheet.
  • Regulatory and animal care guides.
  • Attending IACUC meetings.
  • Conclusion.

    Research guide resources:

  • Organizations.
  • Common NIH Grant Designations.
  • Sample CRISP Abstract and Indexing Terms.
  • Sample DOD Abstract
  • Sample FOIA letter.
  • Sample Necropsy Report.

  • Obtaining CRISP Abstracts

    You should also obtain CRISP Abstracts**. These Abstracts are brief summaries of NIH-fundedresearch, and contain the grant number and title, investigator name andaddress, monetary amount for the latest fiscal year only, a brief abstractdescribing the experiments, the Institute funding it, and the number ofyears the grant has existed. A grant with the number 5 R01 DK29930-14 indicatesthat the National Institute on Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases ("DK")is the funding agency, and that the grant is in its 14th year. Other commonNIH grant designations are included in the Appendix.

    You can obtain CRISP Abstracts two ways:
    1. Submit a written request to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) andask for CRISP Abstracts for all research involving nonhuman animals at theinstitution(s) you want to investigate.

    Division of Research Grants
    National Institutes of Health
    Rockledge Building #2,
    6701 Rockledge Drive,
    Room 3032,
    Bethesda, MD 20817