Searching for Alternatives
Federal policy requires that scientists conduct a search for alternatives for any procedure that causes more than momentary pain or distress. The use of the term "alternatives" in animal research has a unique meaning making it an inappropriate term to include as a keyword in literature searches.
Much information on useful alternatives can be found in databases and sources which appear quite distinct from those where the goals of the experiment would be found. Some useful sources include:
For help with your literature search or additional databases contact the Animal Welfare Information Center at http://www.nal.usda.gov/awic/databases/database.htm or (301) 504-6212 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It is to the advantage of any scientist to consult the library information specialist for assistance in conducting the alternatives search.