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EN 115 Medical Ethics / Bioethics: Resources

JanPlan 2018 Critical Writing (Osborne)

Research Guidelines

Good research takes time.

Check multiple resources.

Keep a research log & document every search.

Explore a variety of search terms.

Carefully evaluate all materials.

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Find Books

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Search Tips


  • Use an asterisk to stand in for different word endings:  gene*  = genes, genetic, etc.
  • Use quotation marks to "glue together" a phrase:  "reproductive rights" 
  • Use parentheses & OR to search synonyms:  (death OR dying)


Find a good book or article in a Keyword search? Look at its item record to see if there are Subject Terms. Click on these links to find other items about that subject.

Examples of Subject Search Results in CBBcat:


Check the notes, references and bibliographies of every relevant article or book. You may discover a book or article perfect for your topic.

One good source can lead to another!

Organizations, Libraries & Institutes

  A rich storehouse of documents and images tracking medical history in the U.S.

Advisory panel of the nation’s leaders in medicine, science, ethics, religion, law, and engineering.

Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University. "Explore Bioethics Topics" feature.  Look for recommended books and journals in CBBcat.

The book, Observing Bioethics (2008) by Renee C. Fox and Judith P. Swazey was based on these interviews. Held by Digital Georgetown.

Provides a focal point for the examination of ethical issues raised by activities throughout the Organization.

   The CDC is one of the major operating components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature. NIH Exhibition. Information and images.


Focusing on health issues and programs in the Americas, PAHO is part of the United Nations' World Health Organization.

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Find Articles

Articles in scholarly journals are particularly important to academic research.

Scholarly journals...

  • report original research in a specific discipline
  • use in-text citations and bibliographies
  • typically contain peer-reviewed articles

Look for an option in databases to narrow results to scholarly peer-reviewed articles.

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