A literature search is an integral first step in planning any research protocol. Scientists should critically review previous literature in order to:
- Check if their proposed research is novel
- Determine how previous similar studies were conducted
- Find the severity of the procedures
- Identify all feasible methods of testing the hypotheses in the planned study
When searching for animal alternatives it is important to review the 3Rs.
Principle investigators are responsible for conducting literature reviews to identify animal alternatives. Librarians can assist by: