Use the online Library Catalog to find books and journal titles, whether in print or online format. The Library's catalog has a number of different search options: keyword and subject searches are good starting points when first exploring a topic. Search results can narrowed with facets, which appear to the right of the results. Topic, era, language are some of the available facets.
- Books about your topic: Search by subject – “human reproductive technology”
- Click on one of the book titles and note the subject links to related books on your topic
- Use Boolean statements to combine topics: adoption and “human embryo” and ethic*
- Use quotation marks for phrases: “embryo adoption”
E-Z Borrow and Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary loan is available for books and journals that are not owned by Falvey. EZ-Borrow is generally faster than interlibrary loan, since the books come from a local library network. EZ-Borrow can also be used for books that the Library owns, but that are currently unavailable. (There is no charge for this service.)
Falvey Memorial Library has a wide variety of multi-volume encyclopedias in print as well as online. These encyclopedias are a good starting point for any research project. Encyclopedia articles are generally written by scholars and include bibliographical references. Ask a librarian for advice to find the best encyclopedia for your project.
Links to online encyclopedias can be found in the Library Catalog. They are also listed on the Falvey homepage under Subject Guides/Ethics/Encyclopedias.
- Encyclopedia of Bioethics
Covers a wealth of topics on the ethics of health professions, animal research, population control and the environment. This work helps researchers to consider the impact of new scientific knowledge and its potential to harm or benefit present and future generations.
- Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The Encyclopedia contains more than 2,100 entries including 1,000 biographical entries on major figures in philosophical thought throughout history. Among the many topics covered are African, Islamic, Jewish, Russian, Chinese, and Buddhist philosophies; bioethics and biomedical ethics; art and aesthetics; epistemology; metaphysics; peace and war; social and political philosophy; the Holocaust; feminist thought; and much more.
- Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics. 2005. 4 vols.
This encyclopedia considers both the professional ethics of science and technology, and the social, ethical, and political issues raised by science and technology. This resource includes general reference information but also uses a historically and culturally inclusive approach to ethics, with entries on specific religions, linguistic and cultural perspectives, and philosophical positions.
The databases are listed on the Falvey home page under Databases A to Z. Some entries have full text via the database.
For others, click on to determine
- if there are online links to the article
- if it is a journal the library subscribes to
- if you need to use Interlibrary Loan to obtain the article
- Academic OneFile
A good source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from a selection of leading journals in the field of social sciences, theology, literature and philosophy (and other areas).
The premier database for finding articles from biomedical journals. PubMed was developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
To retrieve Bioethics articles, limit search to Bioethics subset.
- Philosopher’s Index
Indexes and abstracts books and scholarly journals of philosophy and related fields in many languages.
Additional databases are suggested under Home Page/Subject Guides/Ethics/Articles.
Style Guides and Citation Management Software
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