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Welcome to the Polk State College library guide for human-animal interaction research topics.  Below you will find suggested books/ebooks and recommended databases. If you need help, click the link for Ask a Librarian.

Human-Animal Bond

As defined by the American Veterinary Medical Association (2022), 

The human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between people and animals that is influenced by behaviors  essential to the health and wellbeing of both. This includes, among other things, emotional, psychological, and physical interactions of people, animals, and the environment. (para. 1) 

American Veterinary Medical Association. (2022). Human-animal bond 

Searching Tips

Searching Tips

Remember to the read any guidelines for your assignment before searching and finding sources. Make sure any articles used match the criteria set by your professor.

Consider the following:

  • Does your source need to be current?
  • Do articles need to be from a peer-reviewed journal?
  • Do you have to have certain types of sources (e.g. ebooks or articles)?
  • Is there minimum or maximum number of sources you need to use?

All these questions can usually be answered by reading your assignment guidelines. If there are specifications (e.g. the articles need to be from peer-reviewed journals) it is a good idea to select those limits when searching.

Starting Search Words


"human animal science"

"human-animal bond"

"human-animal interaction"

"human-animal studies

"human–nonhuman-animal studies" 

To find more results, try combining these terms with OR, for example:

Anthrozoology OR "Human Animal Science" OR "Human-Animal Bond" OR "Human-Animal Interaction" OR "Human-Animal Studies" OR "human–nonhuman-animal studies" 

To compare the nuances between terminology, try searching just one term/phrase and then another, for example:

How are the results different if anthrozoology is searched compared to if "human-animal bond" is searched? 

Experiment with removing the quotes and/or hyphens, as well as different combinations of terms and phrases. 


Recommended Databases

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