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This guide is designed to help you conduct literature searches for IACUC protocols. Each page addresses a different aspect of this process.
A 1-page overview of the search process can be downloaded. Also consider reviewing the Alternatives Literature Searching worksheet from the Animal Welfare Information Center.
The Life Sciences Librarian is happy to help you.
Investigators are required to consider suitable alternatives to any procedures likely to cause animals pain or distress.
Investigation of suitable alternatives should address the 3 R's:
Each literature search should be conducted in at least two databases. If you want, you can search two databases at once by using either:
A useful approach is to:
Step 1: Identify Key Concepts and Procedures in Your Protocol
Step 2: Select Appropriate Databases
Step 3: Develop Your Search Strategy
Step 4: Document Searches