There are a number of questions you can ask yourself to evaluate your literature search. The answers to these questions will help you determine whether your search is complete or whether you need to continue searching.
How many citations did I find?
Are my search terms related to my protocol?
What search terms did I use for animal testing alternatives?
Are my search terms appropriate for the databases I searched?
How many places did I look?
Did I set up my search strategy appropriately?
Have I searched an adequate time period?
According to the Animal Welfare Act, the principal investigator is required to provide a written narrative to his or her IACUC stating that alternatives to painful procedures have been explored and are not available. The narrative must, as a minimum, include:
- names of the databases searched
- date the search was performed
- date range covered by the search
- search terms and/or the search strategy used
The written narrative should include adequate information for the IACUC to assess that a reasonable and good faith effort was made to determine the availability of alternatives or alternative methods.
Citation Management Tools help organize, store and use citations/ references.
UC Merced Library supports the use of RefWorks and recommends several additional citation management tools that can help you organize and document your alternative search results.
Visit our calendar to view upcoming workshops. You can also schedule a time to meet with a librarian to help you take advantage of these resources.