The publications and databases listed below, as well as the online catalogs and databases at a large community or university library, can be very useful in searching for more information on the use of animals in biomedical research. 

  • The Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature: This index lists articles published in general interest magazines. It should be available at even the smallest branch library.
  • Index Medicus: This index is a bibliography of medical journals and lists a wide range of periodicals related to the field of medicine.
  • Social Science Citation Index: This index lists journals in the field of social science, such as psychology and sociology.
  • Applied Science and Technology Index: This index includes journals in the hard science fields, such as engineering, chemistry and physics.
  • Biological and Agricultural Index: This index contains listings from journals dealing with life sciences, such as animal science, biology and biochemistry.
  • Google Scholar: This freely accessible web search engine indexes full-text articles across an array of formats and disciplines.
  • Web of Science: This online academic database covers journals of science, technology, social sciences, and more.

Here are some topics to get you started: 

  • Animal Husbandry
  • Animal Testing Alternatives
  • Animal Welfare
  • Animal Welfare Act
  • Animals, Laboratory
  • Animals, Research
  • Animals, Treatment of
  • Biomedical Research
  • Diseases, Animal Models
  • Diseases, Cures, Treatments
  • Laboratory Animals
  • Research, Biomedical
  • Research, Laboratory Animals
  • Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)

You may also want to search for individual species of animals such as rat, rabbit, nonhuman primate, etc.

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