Literature Searches for an IACUC
Application at Miami University
by Kevin Messner
This page, especially the
guide below, provides an overview and advice on conducting the
required literature searches for IACUC applications at Miami.
Kevin Messner, Brill Science
Library Biology Librarian, is available by appointment to discuss
literature search strategies and procedures for the IACUC application
process. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
with any questions or to set up a meeting.
MEDLINE/PubMed is often
the most useful database for laboratory-based research. Papers
in PubMed are categorized according to a number of subject headings,
called Medical Subject Headings. These subject terms form a
heirarchical system of terms called MeSH. While not all subjects
are well-described in MeSH (much basic biology is not -- the
focus is on health sciences), searching by MeSH terms can be
very useful in some instances. The MeSH browser can help you
find subject heading terms for a a topic of interest. (Example:
type in "mad cow" and see what subject heading it comes back
with -- if your work were related to mad cow disease you'd want
to search with the MeSH term.)
(Some other databases use
subject heading systems, including AGRICOLA and BIOSIS. Candidly,
I have generally found these to be less than useful.)
The links below are other
sites that I have come across in the course of IACUC work and
have found useful. For example, some of them include lists
of keywords that may help you think of the kinds of topics
you should include in your searches.
I can make no guarantees
as to the currency, accuracy, or continued existence of any
of the pages below; however I always appreciate being informed
if any of the pages below have disappeared or seem unhelpful,
or if you find something useful that is not on this list (email@example.com).
the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to provide information for improved
animal care and use in research, testing, teaching, and exhibition.
and advice on conducting the literature searches for the IACUC
application at Miami.
about national and international activities and major resources
that are being developed to facilitate biomedical research using
the animal models listed
audiovisual aids that may be used as alternatives or supplements
to the use of animals in teaching.
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