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Animal alternatives searching: Librarian-assisted searching

Audience: Principal Investigators, IACUC members, and IACUC support personnel

Help optimizing and documenting a search for alternatives

Find a librarian expert searcher:

Benefits of librarian-assisted searching:

Finally: involve an information specialist....." in this age of specialism and rising standards, the ideal approach is to involve an expert--an information specialist or medical librarian... Their expertise can be combined with your exact knowledge of the clinical research question and technical terms, for optimal results."   Grindlay and Karatana (2018)

  • Find hard to find refinements that enhance animal welfare -- refinements are where the most gains in animal welfare are to be found 
  • Avoid the Red Flags including:
    •  Listing Google Scholar as a primary database
    •  Search words too narrowly focused
    • Wrong logical operators used
    • Too few keywords
  • Ensure the search is properly documented, so you’ll get full credit for a comprehensive search. 
  • Increase the probability that relevant refinements or other information not missed—wherever it is.
  • Teaching protocols and DOD protocols require searches of specialized sources that even expert searchers find taxing.  Save time and energy, let librarian expert searchers wrestle with database and keyword choice, and how to optimize unfamiliar search interfaces.
  • Refresh database searching skills – interfaces change often, alas!
  • Increase awareness of research support services obscured by institutional barriers: 
  • Scholars Collaborative https://www.lib.utk.edu/scholar/ including data management support: Chis Eaker, Data Curation Librarian
  • Statisticians from the OIT Research Support Group--15 hours free stats consultation per semester
  • Citation Alerts on the Web of Science and PubMed platforms
  • PeerJ, the innovative affordable bioscience journal
  • Open Science Publishing myths https://peerj.com/preprints/27580/
  • Pivot the funding opportunities database from ORE
  • ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID