• 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.

  • Writing a brochure or fact sheet

    Once you've thoroughly investigated the research project(s), you shouldreport your findings in the form of a brochure or fact sheet for distributionto the media and the public.

    This should not be a complex scholarly treatise.You should include the name of the researcher, his/her position at the institution,the amount of money he/she has received for each Fiscal Year that the granthas existed (both direct and estimated indirect costs), what he/she actuallydoes to the animals, damaging/contradictory statements he/she has written,the punchiest, most relevant comments from the scientific professionals,and why the research is a waste of limited tax dollars in these times ofbudget deficits.

    You could also suggest that the grant money should redirectedto programs that directly help people suffering from the disease or conditionbeing researched. For example, if it is an addiction project, you couldexplain how many suffering human addicts could be treated with the moneyspent on addicting animals (you can look for information like this on theInternet, or from an NIH Institute, or the Substance Abuse and Mental HealthServices Administration).

    NOTE: In Defense of Animals (415-388-9641) will be happy to review and providecomments on drafts of brochures and/or fact sheets.