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PHIL 451: Bioethics

Overview - Background Information
Blackwell Companions to Philosophy: A Companion to Bioethics Restricted Resource
"...reflects the current issues and developments in the field, covers all the material that the reader needs to thoroughly grasp the ideas and debates involved in bioethics."

Blackwell Philosophy Guides: The Blackwell Guide to Medical Ethics Restricted Resource
"The Blackwell Guide to Medical Ethics is a guide to the complex literature written on the increasingly dense topic of ethics in relation to the new technologies of medicine.Examines the key ethical issues and debates which have resulted from the rapid advances in biomedical technology."

Encyclopedia of Medical Decision Making Restricted Resource Some full text availableeref ebook
The Encyclopedia of Medical Decision Making gives an introduction to how medical and healthcare decisions are actually made—and constrained—and how physician, healthcare management, and patient decision making can be improved to optimize health outcomes

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
A "dynamic" reference work, with each entry maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field.

Penn Center Guide to Bioethics Restricted Resource
"...The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics--the foremost authority on both traditional and cutting-edge bioethical issues."

Oxford Handbook of Bioethics Restricted Resource
This Oxford Handbook provides up-to-date information about a variety of isses in the field of bioethics including policies, end-of-life, cloning and reproduction.  

Find Scholarly Journal Articles
Academic Search Premier (all topics) from EBSCO Restricted Resource Some full text availablefindit elm database
Full-text articles in biology, chemistry, education, engineering, humanities, physics, psychology, religion and theology, sociology, etc. Tip: Click the check box to limit to Academic (Peer Reviewed) Journals.

JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text availabledatabase
Provides access to scholarly journals in anthropology, ecology, economics, education, general science, history, literature, mathematics, political science, philosophy, and more. Some journals have "moving wall" access that does not include the most recent 2-5 years.

PhilPapers is a free comprehensive index of online philosophy articles and books by academic philosophers--the index is free, but access to fulltext may be dependent upon SCSU subscriptions. Access to fulltext is limited to on-campus at this time.

*Please Note:  As you find resources you will need to check the SCSU catalog (MnPALS) for books and the journal title list to see if we have a particular journal, please keep in mind that you can always request an ILL if we don't have the item you're looking for. 

Medline Restricted Resource findit elm database
Indexes more than 19,000 journals, 1950 to present, in all areas of medicine, nursing, health services administration, nutrition, and other areas.

"PubMed comprises more than 24 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books."
Search for Books
Bioethics Web Sites "...publishes information on the latests journal publications, events, job opportunities, and current news.

Bioethics Research Library at Georgetown University
"The Bioethics Research Library at Georgetown University is a destination library for bioethics scholars worldwide..."  The library allows you to explore a wide range of biothics topics and provides links to articles, blogs, and informative websites.

The Hastings Center
"The Center's mission is to address fundamental ethical issues in the areas of health, medicine, and the environment as they affect individuals, communities, and societies." The site contains articles, reports, and books on a wide variety of topics."

NIH - Bioethics Information Resources
Electronic resource links from the National Library of Medicine
Subject Specialist
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Melissa Prescott
Professor, Diversity and Inclusion Librarian
MC 204E
(320) 308-4751

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