The Primate Information Center - Unique resource of nonhuman primate literature
Johnson-Delaney, Cathy A.
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The Primate Information Center (PIC) is a unique bibliographic and reference service for researchers, primatologists, laboratory animal, zoo, exotic animal veterinarians. The PIC searches 11 worldwide databases to obtain all published nonhuman primate literature, which is then indexed using the PICÃ Â¢ s detailed thesaurus, into a computer database. The database currently holds over 90,000 records dating back to 1940 and is used for custom retrospective searches or monthly recurrent searches for individual researchers/veterinarians. This Ã Â¢ PrimatesÃ Â¢ database is also available for individual/institution use on an IBM-PC compatible format. The PIC publishes a monthly bibliographic reference Current Primate References as well as topical bibliographies. Other services of the PIC include the Primate Supply Information Clearinghouse (PSIC), a communication network between research institutions, zoos, biotechnology companies, etc. for the sharing of non-human primates and their tissues, equipment, and information to minimize the number of animals used and decrease the use of wild-caught animals. The PSIC publishes a twice-monthly bulletin New Listings, as well as providing a referral service. Details of the development, operation, and maintenance of the PIC database and search capabilities will be demonstrated. The Primate Information Center and the Primate Supply Information Center are supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health (U.S.) and are located in the Washington Regional Primate Research Center.