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Alternative search methods to retrieve information on the web

Hua Florence Chang
National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda USA
It is difficult to retrieve relevant scientific information on alternative methods to animal use. Since 1992, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has made efforts to improve access to its bibliographic collection on animal use alternatives. In 2001, the NLM began ALTBIB, an online version of previously developed bibliographies. The NLM also added several key journals on alternatives to animal use to MEDLINE/PubMed, and added some relevant new MeSH terms. The ALTBIB search interface has been enhanced to allow searches conducted in MEDLINE/PubMed through a search strategy filter tailored for alternatives. This interface enables users to find the latest citations.

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