• 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.







  • Contacting the National Institute of Health

    Yearly site visits by funding agencies are also available through the NIHFOIA office (only for research funded by NIH). Like USDA inspections, thesecan indicate ongoing violations of the Animal Welfare Act or other problemswith the animal care and use programs at the institution(s).

    NIH FOIA Officer
    Bldg. 31, Room 2B39
    Bethesda, MD 20892
    301-496-5633
    301-402-4541 (FAX)

    You can also ask NIH's Office for Protection from Research Risks (OPRR)for the Animal Welfare Assurance for the institution(s), which researchfacilities are required to file annually. Although most of these containboilerplate language about how the facility is complying with appropriateregulations, they also provide the names of all members of the InstitutionalAnimal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which reviews and approves all researchinvolving animals. IACUCs are required to have at least one member not affiliatedwith the facility, to represent the public's interest in proper care andtreatment of animals; you can contact this person with questions and concernsabout the research project(s).

    Office for Protection from Research Risks
    6100 Executive Boulevard, Suite 3B01, Rockville, MD 20892
    301-496-7163
    301-402-2803 (FAX)

    Do not wait until you have received the Grant Applications, Progress Reportsand other NIH documents to start your campaign; CRISP Abstracts and journalarticles provide excellent information, and, if necessary, your campaigncan be based solely on them.