FYE 1050: Medical Ethics
Books in the Circulating Collection
Search the Library catalog to find books that you can check out and ebooks that you can download or read online. (See our FAQ for more info on using the ebook collection.)
You can search for books in a number of ways:
Keyword searches: “medical ethics”
look for your keywords anywhere in the catalog description of a book (usually this search is the broadest as it will pick up even minor mentions of your topic). Put quotes around phrases for more accurate results. Combine keywords with AND to narrow your search. Combine keywords with OR to broaden your search.
Subject searches: Animal Rights
find any book on a certain subject BUT “subjects” are defined by the Library of Congress and may not be the words you think they should be. (So it’s Mythology, Greek not Greek Mythology).
Title search: Abortion
finds any book with that word in the title. (A quick but not foolproof way to find relevant books on your keyword/topic).
Think about the ways you could describe your topic and try searching by those keywords in the library catalog. Use reference sources to come up with ideas.
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
Use these reference sources to get the background info on your topic and to generate ideas for deeper research.
Searches a wide range of encyclopedias, dictionaries and other sources.
Biography in Context
Articles and background on current and historical figures.
Ahia, C.E. (2003). Legal and ethical dictionary for mental health professionals. Lanham, BD: University Press of America. Ref. KF3828.A934 2003
Post, S.G. (Ed.). (2004). Encyclopedia of bioethics. New York: Macmillan Reference USA. Ref. QH 332.E52 2004
The topic of medical ethics crosses many fields from philosophy to science to law. Here are some good databases that let you search many journals at once:
Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Academic Search Premier for scholarly journals
Health Reference Center Academic
Philosopher’s Index look for articles with “linked full text”
These links take you to searches of specific journals that cover medical ethics-related topics. Use the Journal Locator to look up the name of any journal you want to access.
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- Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues
A wide variety of reports on bioethics on topics such as determination of death, human cloning, human dignity and bioethics, newborn screening, stem cell research, alternative sources of stem cells, end-of-life care, and assisted reproduction.
- Bioethics Resources on the Web - National Institutes of Health
A government web site run by the National Institutes for Health (NIH). Lots of links to bioethics sites covering topics such as medical research, end-of-life care, stem cell research, genetic testing, and more.
Citing Your Resources
Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - even if it’s unintentional. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.
- APA Citation Guide
NoodleBib is an online resource that will help you format MLA and APA bibliographies, exporting them directly to your word processing program.
Turnitin is a service that faculty and students use to detect and avoiding plagiarism in their writing.
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Last Modified on October 20, 2015, at 01:01 PM by Chris