• 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.







  • Regulatory and animal care guides

    Regardless of which institution(s) you are investigating, it is a good ideato have copies of relevant guides from the USDA and NIH dealing with laboratoryanimal issues, and also to be familiar with the applicable laws so you'llbe able to spot violations. You can submit written requests for the followingdocuments:

    NIH Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (OPRR)

    Public Health Service Policy on the Humane Care and Use of Lab Animals(OPRR)
    Animal Welfare Act, including all Amendments (USDA, REAC)

    Code of Federal Regulations: 9 CFR (USDA, REAC)


    These can also be accessed from the following web sites:

    http://www.aphis.usda.gov/reac/
    (for Animal Welfare Act and 9CFR, the Regulations governing the AWA)

    http://www.nih.gov/grants/oprr/oprr.htm
    (for NIH Guide and for PHS Policy; choose "Document Library, LaboratoryAnimal Welfare")