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Bioethics: Bioethics Research

Bioethics Research

This research guide is designed to highlight some of the resources available to Clarkson University students and faculty for researching bioethics topics. Resources in Bioethics include books, articles, websites, blogs and newsletters. A significant amount of information is available for free.

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Finding E-Books, Books, and Print Reference Materials

Searching and Browsing for Books: When searching the online catalog for library materials it is helpful to do a keyword search for your subject. Following are some keywords that will be effective in finding material on bioethics. Using quotes around your keywords will keep them together in the search algorithm.

Try these keywords when searching for information about your topic:

medical ethics biomedical ethics                  medical laws and legislation
human experimentation               clinical ethics nursing ethics
cloning euthanasia right to die
transplantation organs health care ethics      terminal care
bioethics informed consent applied ethics
assisted suicide medical ethics  


Searching “subject headings" is better than key word searching, to get results that are sure to be about a particular subject. The subject headings are assigned to every book when it is cataloged, and describe, using a controlled set of terms, what the book is about. Below are some major subject headings relevant to bioethics:

Agriculture -- Moral and ethical aspects     Ethics, evolutionary
Animal rights     Laboratory animals -- Moral and Ethical aspects     
Animal welfare     Medical ethics
Bioethics     Resarch -- Moral and ethical aspects
Biology -- Social aspects     Science -- Moral and ethical aspects
Environmental ethics     Science -- social aspects


Mesh Terms: Heath Care Ethics / Ethics, Health Care / Biomedical Ethics / Ethics, Biomedical


Select Books and Resources

Clarkson University Libraries has hundreds of print and e-book titles in the field of biomedical ethics. This is a select list. Explore the library catalog for more.

In print at the Libraries:

  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (1998) 10 vols.
  • Beacham's Guide to Environmental Issues & Sources (1993) 5 vols.
  • Encyclopedia of Bioethics (1978) 4 vols
  • Medical Law and Ethics (2012)
Medical Ethics Today: The BMA's Handbook of Ethics and Law


Bioethics: Issues and Dilemmas
Bioethics for Beginners: 60 Cases and Cautions from the Moral Frontier of Healthcare
Bioethical Decision Making in Nursing