• 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.

  • Sample FOIA letter

    131 Camino Alto, Suite E
    Mill Valley, CA 94941

    Dear FOIA Officer:

    This request for records is made under the federal Freedom of InformationAct, 5 U.S.C., sec. 552, by In Defense of Animals (IDA), a nonprofit organization[IRS Code 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, number 68-0008936] based in Mill Valley,CA, that is dedicated to educating the public about issues involving animals.

    This request is directed at obtaining copies of the following documents:

    If any of the records or documents described above are considered to beexempt from release, please segregate and provide access to non-exempt portionsand justify deletions by reference to specific exemptions in the Freedomof Information Act.

    IDA is prepared to pay all reasonable search and duplication fees up toan initial amount of twenty-five dollars ($25.00).

    However, the Freedom of Information Act provides that:

    "Documents shall be furnished without charge or at a reduced chargewhere the agency determines that waiver or reduction of fee is in the publicinterest because furnishing the information can be considered as primarilybenefiting the public." [Title 5, Section 552(a)(4)(A)]

    IDA believes that this request satisfies the criterion for fee waiver orreduction because:

    1. The use of animals in research, especially that sponsored or regulatedby the Government, has historically been a matter of legitimate public interestand concern.

    2. The disclosure of the requested record would not be to our primary benefit,but would be to the primary benefit of the general public.

    Therefore, IDA asks that any search or duplication fees in this matter bewaived or reduced. If the waiver or reduction is denied, and fees exceedtwenty-five dollars ($25.00), please notify us by telephone before the requestis processed so that IDA may decide whether to pay the higher fee or toappeal the denial of the request for waiver or reduction. IDA may be reachedduring business hours at 415-388-9641.

    If you have any questions regarding any aspect of this request, please contactthe undersigned by telephone rather than mail in order to expedite timelydisclosure.

    Thank you for your assistance. IDA will look forward to receiving your replywithin ten (10) business days, as required by law.

    Sincerely yours,