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Animal Welfare Science Library Guide

Penn Veterinary Medicine Librarian

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Margy Lindem
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This is a companion guide for VCSN639 Animal Welfare Science and VCSN638 Intro To Animal Welfare.

Below are descriptions of research databases recommended for animal welfare searches.

The Penn Vet Library Orientation link provides information on using library resources, getting copies of materials, and searching for information.

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About Databases

A research database is an organized collection of information about publications, often focused on a particular scholarly discipline. Databases are indexed in a variety of ways to facilitate searching. They may contain proprietary information not freely available on the open web.

General databases

Discipline-specific databases

These databases identify articles and other scholarly works published in particular disciplines. Look for the PennText icon on the article record to link to the article online or to request it from another library.  

Recommended databases:

Also consider:

Online resources

Vocabulary of Animal Welfare Science

The following is a list of subject headings that can be helpful when searching for information on animal welfare, depending on the database searched. 

Animal behavior

Animal experimentation

Animal health

Animal housing

Animal husbandry

Animal preferences

Animal production

Animal rights

Animal stress

Animal welfare

Animal wellbeing

Anti-cruelty law (animals)

Environmental enrichment

Human-animal relations

Humane treatment of animals

Transport of animals

Zoo animal welfare