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Animal Alternatives - IACUC: Databases

Library resources, materials, and web sites for finding alternatives to the use of animals in laboratory research and educational settings. Last updated: 6/21/18.


Public Databases

There are a number of public databases available for searching the literature for animal alternatives.

Selecting a Database

The MSU Libraries subscribe to a number of online databases that index and abstract most of the journal literature in the biological and medical sciences. These online resources make keyword and subject searching relatively easy. Selecting the most appropriate database(s) to search and the most effective terminology is not always an easy task. Databases frequently used for alternatives searches include PubMed, CAB Abstracts, Bioloigical Abstracts, and AGRICOLA. Depending on the subject, searching several databases for alternatives is considered adequate by the IACUC.

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