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Subject Description:This subject covers: the moral and philosophical principles which guide the professional actions and decisions of those engaged in the health professions.

Article Databases and Indexes

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PubMed Authentication Required

This is the primary source of journal article for the health sciences. You can search MEDLINE and preMEDLINE databases with full text access to all MEDLINE e-journals subscribed to by the University of Minnesota TC Libraries. MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database/article index that contains over 17 million references to journal articles. Coverage is from 1949 to the present. Over 5200 journals worldwide in over 37 languages are accessible.

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes


EthicShare is a research and collaboration website designed to help with research, collaboration, and participation in the field of ethics. It is a comprehensive collection of ethics materials including research materials, group discussions, current news articles, and upcoming events harvested from sources such as PubMed, US Government Documents, and institutional repositories.

Google Scholar (UMN setup required) This database is enhanced by Find It: the University Libraries Linking Service.

Use Google Scholar through the Libraries' web site, or by setting your Scholar Preferences to the "University of Minnesota (FindIt@U of M Twin Cities) to gain off-campus access to all the articles and journal subscriptions the library has already acquired for you. Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. Use Google Scholar to find articles from a wide variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web.
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OVID MEDLINE Authentication Required This database is enhanced by Find It: the University Libraries Linking Service.

MEDLINE covers the fields of medicine, public health, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, preclinical sciences, and biomedical ethics.

PAIS Index Authentication Required This database is enhanced by Find It: the University Libraries Linking Service.

Since its establishment in 1914, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) has chronicled issues in the public debate through highly selective coverage of a wide variety of sources, including references to monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, government documents, policy reports and analytics. Addition of the Archive to our current PAIS International database extends comprehensive access to public and social policy information.

Philosopher's Index Authentication Required This database is enhanced by Find It: the University Libraries Linking Service.

features author-written abstracts covering scholarly research published in journals and books, including contributions to anthologies and book reviews. More on content at

Web of Science Authentication Required This database is enhanced by Find It: the University Libraries Linking Service.

Search within a comprehensive interdisciplinary collection of journal article citations. Subjects generally covered are within Science and technology, arts and humanities, and social sciences . Use the citation web to find articles and journals with the most impact. Coverage runs from 1975 to the present. Find help on their website.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

Academic Search Premier Authentication Required This database is enhanced by Find It: the University Libraries Linking Service.

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

MasterFile Premier Authentication Required This database is enhanced by Find It: the University Libraries Linking Service.

This resource is licensed by the MINITEX Library Information Network with state appropriations from the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office (MHESO) and the Minnesota Department of Education.
MasterFILE Premier provides full text for more than 2,000 general magazines covering a broad range of disciplines. It includes Magill Book Reviews, reference and travel books, biographies, full text primary source documents, American Heritage Dictionary and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.

ProQuest Global Newsstream Authentication Required

Global Newsstream enables users to search the most recent global news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring content from newspapers, newswires, and news sites in active full-text format. Provides access to news from the United States, Canada, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Australia.

Indexes, Other

BELIT: Bioethics Literature Database

BELIT is an integrated bibliographic database developed by the German Reference Centre for Ethics in the Life Sciences (DRZE, Bonn) and operated in co-operation with the Information and Documentation Centre for Ethics in Medicine (IDEM, Goettingen), the Interdepartmental Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW, Tuebingen), the Library and Information Services of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics (KIE, Washington, DC) and the Centre de documentation en éthique des sciences de la vie et de la santé, INSERM/CCNE (CDEI, Paris). BELIT provides access to about 320.000 records from the integrated German, American and French databases. It is an extensive bibliographic directory of literature in the area of bioethics unique world wide, containing references to monographs, grey literature, legal documents, journal articles, newspaper articles and book contributions.

InterDok: Directory of Published Proceedings

This database indexes published conference proceedings from 1994 to the present. You can search by keyword, publisher, country and year.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Bibliography of Bioethics

BIO-MED Reference ZW50 B579; LAW Periodicals Per .B53

Print version of Bioethics Line: bibliography of works which discuss the ethical aspects of biology and medicine.


Library Catalog

Search with the Library Catalog to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

General Reference Sources


A Handbook of Bioethics Terms

BIO-MED W13 T884h 2009

A concise reference which contains over 400 entries on the significant terms, expressions, titles, and court cases that are most important to the field.

Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary

BIO-MED Reference W13 D711d


Encyclopaedia Britannica Online Authentication Required

Concise as well as scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects. Also includes links to related Internet resources, and the Britannica Book of the Year. Search tip: When combining words in search, capitalize AND. For example: revolution AND 1848

Encyclopedia of Bioethics

BIO-MED Reference QH332 E56 1995 WILSON Reference Quarto QH332 .E52 1995

Provides information on ethical and social issues in the life sciences, medicine, health care, and the health professions, including topics such as abortion, euthanasia, and gene therapy.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Authentication Required

A "dynamic" reference work, with each entry maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. Includes articles on individual philosophers, schools, and concepts. The SEP is an open-access resource supported by the University of Minnesota Libraries and Department of Philosophy.

Handbooks and Manuals

Code of Medical Ethics, Council on Ethical And Judicial Affairs

BIO-MED Reference W50 A512co 1992

Codes of Medical Ethics, Oaths, and Prayers

BIO-MED Reference W50 C669 1989

Ethics Manual, American College of Physicians, 4th ed.

BIO-MED Reference W50 A506e 1998

Internet Resources

Web Sites

Indiana University Center for Bioethics - Bioethics Subject Guide

Indiana University's Center for Bioethics librarian has created an excellent subject guide. It provides brief annotations of basic bioethics information sources, and if you are new to the field of bioethics, this is a good place to begin your online research. The resources emphasize items available (at no cost) to the public.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation Manager Tools Authentication Required This database is enhanced by Find It: the University Libraries Linking Service.

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Style Manuals

Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers

Includes recommended citation format styles for journals, books, conference publications, patents, audio visuals, electronic information, maps, legal materials, newspaper articles, bibliographies, dissertations, and scientific reports. "Internet formats" supplement available at

University of Minnesota

Related U of M Web Sites

Center for Bioethics

The mission of the Center is to advance understanding concerning ethical issues in biomedical research, health care and the life sciences, with a focus on the rights and interests of patients, research participants, and the public.

Library Information

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