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Animal Studies Research Guide

What is animal studies? What search terms should I use to find sources on nonhuman animals within the humanities? How can I study issues of animal exploitation as an undergraduate? This research guide aims to answer these questions for students at Swem.

Institutes and Programs

William & Mary Student Groups


Activist groups

Activist organizations that work toward animal welfare and/or liberation are numerous and varied. Here are some of the largest organizations with national networks of volunteers and activist outreach:


Animal Law

Local agencies & sanctuaries


Research institutes


Degree programs

View the Animal & Society Institute's more complete list of degree programs in animal studies