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PubMed’s new AbstractPlus display shows the titles of the top five related Articles and is now the default display for single records. The new format provides seamless access to the powerful pre-computed similarities available as Related Articles in the PubMed database. Read More about AbstractPlus
Search grids for effective and comprehensive searches for alternatives to animals used in research and teaching
are available on the UC Davis Center for Animal Alternatives Web Site.
A description of the grids and how to use them was published in
Animal Welfare, volume 14: 287-289, 2005:
“Effective searching of the scientific literature for alternatives: search grids for appropriate databases by
LA Hart et al.
ABSTRACT:Researchers searching for alternatives to painful procedures that involve animals may find that the dispersed relevant literature and the array of databases make the search challenging and even onerous. This paper addresses a significant gap that exists for researchers, in identifying appropriate databases to use when searching for specific types of information on alternatives. To facilitate the efficient and effective searching by users, and to ensure compliance with new requirements and improved science, we initiate an evolving guide comprising search grids of database resources organised by animal models and topics (http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/Animal_Alternatives/databaseapproach.html). The search grids present organised lists of specific databases and other resources for each animal model and topic, with live links. The search grids also indicate resources that are freely available worldwide, and those that are proprietary and available only to subscribers. The search grids are divided into two categories: ‘animal models’ and ‘topics’. The category ‘animal models’ comprises: animal model selections; mice; rodents — rats/guinea pigs/hamsters; rabbits; dogs, cats; farm animals, sheep, swine; non-human primates; fish, frogs, aquatic; and exotics. The category ‘topics’ comprises: husbandry; behaviour; euthanasia; toxicity; monoclonal antibodies; teaching; endpoints; disease models; analgesia/anaesthesia; emerging technologies; strategies for specific intervention procedures; and standard operating procedures (for example, drawing blood, behavioural training, transportation, handling, restraint and identification). Users are provided with a selected list of linked resources relevant to their particular search. Starting with an appropriate database that covers the type of information that is being sought is the first step in conducting an effective search that can yield useful information to enhance animal welfare.
The National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) is a broad, collaborative program that provides increased access to information on the nation’s biological resources. To learn more about NBII or to access biological information, go to http://www.nbii.gov/portal/server.pt.
Today the bald eagle is expected to be removed from the endangered species list.
In 1940 Congress noted the decline of the national bird, passing the Bald Eagle Protection Act making it illegal to harm or sell bald eagles with out a permit. Bald eagles were added to the Endangered Species list in 1967 preceding the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which passed in 1973. Widespread use of DDT following World War II contaminated the fish, the primary food source for the eagle, and weakened their egg shells. The use of DDT was banned in 1972 following the release of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. (available @ AgVet Library: SB951 .C47).
The US Fish and Wildlife Service offers species sheets online. Click here for the bald eagle information sheet.
Visit EnvironmentalDefence.org for more information on endangered species.
The Map Library has created digital versions of historical Tennessee topographical maps. These out of print maps are in 7.5 minute ratio. Click browse in the left column to explore the collection http://www.lib.utk.edu/cic/tnmap/index.html
Come to Blooms Days 2007 at the UT Gardens. The event will be held on Saturday, June 23rd from 9:00am – 6:00pm and on Sunday, June 24th from 11:00am – 5:00pm. Blooms Days is filled with fun kid activities, vendors, workshops, and live music.
You can purchase tickets online and learn more about Blooms Days at http://www.friendsoftheutgardens.org/.
On June 15, 1934, Great Smoky Mountains National Park was officially established by The National Park Service (NPS). The park was created to protect the last of the southern Appalachian forest which once covered more than 4 million acres, but was virtually eliminated by logging and fire.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park attracts nearly 10 million people each year. It is the most visited park in the United States.