Animal Rights


Indexes, Abstracts, and Full Text Sources

Note: Indexes religion periodicals, essays in books, and dissertations. Relevant subject headings include animal rights.

Biological Abstracts

This database is a complete collection of bibliographic references, covering life science and biomedical research literature published from more than 4,300 journals internationally.

Note: Indexes and abstracts English-language periodicals in biology, agri culture, and related fields, including biotechnology. Relevant subject headings include animal experimentation and animal welfare

Note: Database offering coverage in agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more. Includes full text for more than 400 journals. Relevant subject headings include animal rights, animal welfare, and animals in motion pictures.

Note: Subject index to periodical articles in the sciences, including biology, medicine and health, food and nutrition, environment, and genetics. Includes full text of selected periodicals. Relevant subject headings include animal experimentation, animal experimentation-laws and regulations, animal rights movement, animals-treatment, fur industry, human-animal relationships, and hunting-ethical aspects.

Note: World’s largest index to literature on wild mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, offering a global perspective on wildlife and wildlife management. Relevant subject headings include animal welfare, animals in motion pictures, and speciesism.

Humanities Full Text

Note: Indexes and abstracts periodical literature in the humanities.

For retrospective searching (1907-1984) use

LexisNexis Academic

A full-text database that includes newspapers, wire services, transcripts of television and radio broadcasts, medical and health journals, trade journals, accounting literature, company financial reports, law reviews, statutory and case law.

Note: Comprehensive database covering such topics as world religions, major denominations, biblical studies, religious history, epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy. Includes 300+ full text journals in religion and philosophy. Relevant subjects include animal rights and animal welfare.

CQ Researcher

A full-text resource offering basic background information on many contemporary issues of interest to Congress.

Note: Created by the National Agricultural Library of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricola provides access to the agricultural literature of the world. It contains over 3.3 million bibliographic records of journal articles, monographs, theses, patents, software, audio-visual materials and technical reports from 1979 to the present. Relevant keywords include animal experimentation, animal rights, animal welfare, and animals-testing.

Note: Cumulative subject index to English-language periodicals in the applied sciences. Relevant subject headings include animal experimentation, animal rights movement, diseases animal models, laboratory animals, and xenografts.


Description: PsycINFO® is an electronic bibliographic database providing abstracts and citations to the scholarly literature in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences. The database includes material of relevance to psychologists and professionals in related fields such as psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work. Updated weekly, PsycINFO® provides access to journal articles, books, chapters, and dissertations.

PubMed (1996]-)
Note: Indexes and abstracts medical literature.

Note: Indexes and abstracts popular general-interest periodicals published in the U.S. and Canada. Includes full text of articles from some 215 journals as far back as 1994. Relevant subject headings include animal experimentation-laws and regulations, Animal Liberation Front, animal rights movement, animals-laws and regulations, human-animal relationships, and Singer Peter.
For retrospective searching (1890-1982) use


Note: A web-based information source for scientific, technical, and medical research offering access to more than 1100 full-text electronic journals across 16 fields of science, including the social sciences.


Note: Indexes and abstracts core journals in such fields as anthropology, criminal justice and criminology, gender studies, geography, gerontology, minority studies, social work, sociology, and urban studies. Includes full text of articles from 215+ journals as far back as 1995.
For retrospective searching (1907-1984) use

Note: “The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is one of the world’s leading archives of social science data, specializing in data from surveys of public opinion. The data held by the Roper Center range from the 1930s, when survey research was in its infancy, to the present. Most of the data are from the United States, but over 50 nations are represented.” Select their “Topics at a Glance” for a sampling of iPOLL and dataset holdings for topics such as Medical Research (including Animal Cloning and Use of Animals for Medical Research)

Bibliography of Bioethics. 1975 – .

Indexes and abstracts periodical articles, books, documents and AV sources in bioethics. To use this classified subject index, consult the contents for a listing of subjects, which includes animal experimentation. Science and Engineering Library Reference  and Theology Library Reference Z6675 E8 W34


Reference Works

Animal Rights: A Subject Guide, Bibliography, and Internet Companion. 2000.

Containing 900+ entries, this comprehensive guide includes books and web sites covering every aspect of animal rights. Mugar HV4708 K57 2000.

The Animal Rights Movement in the United States, 1975-1990: An Annotated Bibliography, 1975 – 1990. 1994.

Containing 1300+ entries, this work addresses the movement’s goals, organizations, philosophical underpinnings, and political, educational, and legislative activities between 1975 and 1990. Mugar Z7164 C45 M38 1994.

Encyclopedia of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare. 2 vols. 2010.

Encyclopedia containing 200+ alphabetically-arranged entries on a wide range of animal rights and animal welfare topics, including animal cognition, no-kill shelters, puppy mills, veganism, and more. Mugar Ref. X HV4708 E53 2010.

Encyclopedia of Bioethics. 5 vols. 2004.

Discusses the moral and ethical issues concerning such topics as animal rights and genetic engineering. Science and Engineering Library Ref. QH332 E52 2004.

Encyclopedia of Ethics. 3 vols. 2001.

Contains more than 500 articles on topics in ethics and ethical theory, perennial moral problems, and political, social, religious and legal theory, including the treatment of animals. Mugar Ref. X BJ63 E45 2001.

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. 26 vols. 2001.

Includes an article on animal rights in research and research application. Mugar Ref. X H41 I58 2001.  Second edition (2015) available  on the BU Web through ScienceDirect.
Put “animal rights” and  title of the  encyclopedia in ScienceDirect search box.


The Guide to Animal Law Resources. 1999.

Published by the Harvard Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, this work is a guide to animal welfare law and legislation in the U.S. Law Ref. X KF3841 G85 1999.

Internet Sources

American Antivivisection Society.

“The American Anti-Vivisection Society (AAVS) is an international non-profit animal rights organization dedicated to ending experimentation on animals in research, testing and education. AAVS also opposes and works to end other forms of cruelty to animals.” Its Alternatives Research & Development Foundation supports the development of alternatives to the use of animals in biomedical research, testing, and education.

Altweb: Alternatives to Animal Testing.

“Altweb, the Alternatives to Animal Testing Web Site, was created to serve as a gateway to alternatives news, information, and resources on the Internet and beyond.” Alternatives to animal testng fall into three categories: reduction of animal use, replacement of whole animal tests, or refinement of existing tests to minimize animal distress. The site includes articles, news, regulations, and information about alternative procedures.

Americans for Medical Progress.

The Americans for Medical Progress seeks to help the public understand the progress that the medical profession has made due to animal research.

Animal Legal Defense Fund.

“Founded in 1979, ALDF is the country’s leading animal rights law organization working nationally to defend animals from abuse and exploitation.”

Animal Welfare Legislation and Policies.

Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center (University of Wisconsin) site with links to animal welfare legislation, as well as to policies and guidelines on the care and use of research animals.

Foundation for Biomedical Research.

FBR was established to improve the quality of human and animal health by promoting public understanding and support of the ethical use of animals in scientific and medical research. This organization defends the use of animals in biomedical research. See “Animal Research Facts” and “Common Questions.”

Humane Society of the United States.

“The Humane Society of the United States makes a difference in the lives of animals here at home and worldwide. The HSUS is dedicated to creating a world where our relationship with animals is guided by compassion. We seek a truly humane society in which animals are respected for their intrinsic value, and where the human-animal bond is strong.”

In Defense of Animals.

“Founded in 1983 by veterinarian Elliot M. Katz, In Defense of Animals (IDA) is a leading, national, non-profit animal protection organization dedicated to ending the institutionalized exploitation and abuse of animals by defending their rights, welfare and habitats. IDA is committed to ending the terror of animal maltreatment, and educating the public about the benefits of compassion. IDA is pro-science, pro-environment, pro-animal, and pro-people; it is committed to dialogue and reason, but not afraid to take action when necessary to save animals from senseless torture.” Site includes extensive list of fact sheets, reports, and action alerts, as well as a guide on investigating animal research.

Laboratory Animal Care and Use: Bioethics Resources on the Web – NIH.

National Institutes of Health list of annotated links to web resources providing background information and various positions on issues pertaining to laboratory animals.

NetVet Veterinary Government & Law Resources.

Extensive list of links to animal-related government and law web sites.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

PETA is the largest animal rights organization in the world. It operates under the principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment. This site features “In the News” and “Action Alerts.”

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

PCRM promotes preventive medicine through innovative programs. It encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research including promoting alternatives to animal research. The “Research Controversies & Issues” section examines “ethical issues involved with animal experimentation, human research, and access to medical care,” and includes “special resources for medical students and educators.”