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January 2015

“3R” Literature Searching for IACUC Protocols

Melissa Ratajeski, MLIS, RLAT Reference Librarian and IACUC Liaison

Melissa Ratajeski
Reference Librarian and IACUC Liaison

Among its many areas of oversight, the University of Pittsburgh Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) ensures that researchers are compliant with the USDA Animal Welfare Act, including USDA Policy 12. This policy requires that investigators consider alternatives to procedures that may cause more than momentary or slight pain, or distress to research animals.

The USDA considers the performance of database searches and analysis of articles as an effective method for demonstrating compliance with this requirement. Literature searches and corresponding narratives should address the following 3R’s as discussed by Russell and Burch in their classic publication, The Principles of Humane Experimental Technique:

Improve Information Communication with Infographics

Are you looking for a new way to disseminate research data so that your findings are more clearly communicated? Perhaps you are tired of generating the same unengaging year-end reports. You may want to consider designing an infographic, which is a “visualization of data or ideas that tries to convey complex information to an audience in a manner that can be quickly consumed and easily understood.”1 Infographic is often used as a catchall term for information displayed visually. The best infographics communicate data or information in a visual format that is easy to digest.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database App

The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database App provides up-to-date, authoritative information on complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies. Data is stored on your mobile device, so you can access the app without an Internet connection.

Contents and Features

The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database App is easy to use and navigation is simple. This all-inclusive reference tool contains:

Links to drug references are available in the full Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, but not the mobile app.

Bioinformatics Videos “On Demand”

Have you ever missed a seminar because your experiment took longer than expected? Or got caught up in a meeting and forgot about a workshop you wanted to attend? Maybe you’re working at night with new data analysis software and have a question, but there’s no one to ask because it’s so late? It can be frustrating when your information needs and interests don’t coincide with the exact times such information is typically offered.

Benefits of Joining Mendeley’s University of Pittsburgh Group

MendeleyMendeley is a reference management tool that allows you to organize your citations and documents. If you sign up (or sign in if you already have an account) for Mendeley using your Pitt e-mail, then you can join the University of Pittsburgh group. Joining gives you an additional 3.5 GB private storage, 3.5 GB shared storage, and 10 private groups. To learn more about Mendeley, take our FlashClass on Mendeley Basics.

HSLS Staff News


Molecular Biology Information Specialist Carrie Iwema, Reference Librarians Andrea Ketchum and Melissa Ratajeski, and Head of Reference and Research Initiatives, Charlie Wessel have received secondary faculty appointments in Clinical and Translational Science.


Classes January 2015

HSLS offers classes on database searching, software applications such as Prezi, bibliographic management, molecular biology and genetics, and library orientations. For more information, visit the online course descriptions.