IDA Research Guide OverviewLocating 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 AbstractSample FOIA letter.Sample Necropsy Report.
|Medline on the World Wide Web|
Medline is also available on the World Wide Web, through the National Libraryof Medicine. However, it has been IDA's experience that such sites are limitedin the type of searching you can do, and that Medline available from yourlocal medical library is far more versatile and comprehensive (for example,limiting searches, or searching by institution name, which cannot be donethrough NLM). However, the NLM web site should be adequate for conducting,for example, simple author searches; it will also have the most up-to-datereferences:
Another database that may be useful is Psycinfo, which indexes the psychologicalliterature. Medline indexes many of the same journals, but Psycinfo hassome specialized psychology journals that Medline does not. If the researcher(s)you are targeting are involved in any field associated with psychology,behavioral science, addiction, physiological psychology, etc., you shouldsearch Psycinfo as well. In the version that IDA uses, Psycinfo searchingis somewhat different from Medline. For example, you cannot limit your searchto animal species, but author searches are similar.
NOTE: In Defense of Animals (415-388-9641) can also provide you with Medlineand Psycinfo searches.
As soon as you've decided which researcher(s) you want to investigate, youshould also submit a FOIA request to the NIH, DOD and/or NSF, asking forthe Grant Application and Progress Reports for the project(s). However,if your state has a relevant open documents law, you may be able to requestthe documents directly from the institution, which may cut down the responsetime (some state open records laws also allow for physical inspection ofthe records, so you could go to the institution itself and inspect them).These documents will contain extremely useful information--including experimentalprocedures, scientific rationale and monetary totals for the life of thegrant--but unfortunately they can take a long time to obtain.