• 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.

  • Department of Defense web site

    You can also search the Department of Defense Web site for DOD-funded researchprojects on animals.
    Department of Defense

    DOD funds some of the most painful and gruesome experiments on animals.At the Web site, you can view the titles of all DOD-funded biomedical researchprojects (as of March 1997, there were 831, and the site included only FiscalYear 1995 projects). Like the NSF site, DOD does not index animals as comprehensivelyas CRISP. You should therefore vary your search terms for animal types.For example, for nonhuman primates, you should try "primate,""primates," "monkey," "monkeys." Try bothsingular and plural for all animal types. For example, "Pig,""pig" and "swine" should be used (pigs are used in woundand shock research). Unfortunately, the DOD Web site will not allow youto download all 831 titles at once. Instead, you have to download them oneat a time.

    A DOD Abstract** will give the primary contact name and address (where youcan send a FOIA asking for the grant, all progress reports, all relateddocumentation, etc.), and the performing organization, which may be differentthan the primary contact (DOD contracts out to facilities in addition toconducting research at its own institutions, but the DOD Abstract shouldlist researcher names if the experiments are not being conducted at a DODfacility). The Abstract will also briefly describe the research and giveanimal species used.

    NOTE: In Defense of Animals (415-388-9641) can give you further tips onhow to access, search and download information from the NIH, NSF and DODsites, and can also provide you with CRISP, NSF and DOD Abstracts for theinstitution(s) you wish to investigate.

    Once you have the CRISP, NSF and/or DOD Abstracts, review them carefully.Do not be intimidated by complex medical or scientific terms; you do notneed a scientific or medical background to understand the research and whatis being done to the animals. If you have questions that a medical dictionarycannot answer, you can contact In Defense of Animals, other animal protectiongroups, or organizations with physicians, psychologists or veterinariansas members, such as PCRM, MRMC, PSYeta and AVAR. Pick the four or five projectsthat you think would be most targetable for a public campaign. As previouslystated, especially vulnerable areas are psychology, addiction, neuroscienceand behavioral neuroscience. If you need advice about which projects tochoose, you can contact the above-mentioned organizations.