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Research Guide to Bioethics

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This research guide is designed for use particularly by graduate students in the Faculty of Theology. It is maintained by Noel S. McFerran. It was last updated September 2011.

Encyclopedias

In addition to providing useful summary and survey information, encyclopedias often provide a list of recommended readings on particular topics.


Encyclopedia of Bioethics.

Encyclopedia of Bioethics.

New York: Macmillan, 2004. 5 volumes.
[Available online for UofT use.]
[2004 edition: St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — QH 332 .E52 2004]
[1995 edition: St Michael's 2nd Floor Stacks — QH 332. E52 1995]
[1978 edition: St Michael's 2nd Floor Stacks — QH 332. E52 1978]
This encyclopaedia takes an interdisciplinary approach to current moral, ethical and legal problems in bioethics. It includes lengthy detailed articles with excellent bibliographies. The 1978 and 1995 editions contain some valuable articles not found in the 2004 edition; these are often useful to see how a particular topic has changed in the last few decades, or to get a perspective from a different scholar.

Encyclopedia of Life Sciences.

Encyclopedia of Life Sciences.

[Available online for UofT use.]
This general encyclopedia has many articles on ethical topics. The articles are all peer-reviewed and have excellent bibliographies.

Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics.

Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics.

San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 1998.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — BJ 63 .E53 1998]
This work includes long overview essays on many current topics in bioethics. There is a useful contents by subject area, which includes lists of articles on medical ethics' and 'scientific ethics'.

Encyclopedia of Ethics.

Encyclopedia of Ethics.

New York: Garland, 1992.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — BJ 63 .E45 1992]
This work contains 435 survey and biographical articles, each with a bibliography.

Encyclopedia of Human Biology.

Encyclopedia of Human Biology.

San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 1997. 9 volumes.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — QP 11 .E53 1997 ]
This work presents an overview of topics in contemporary human biology and covers the physical side of bioethical issues. The articles included are by noted specialists.

Bioethics, Health Care, and the Law.

Bioethics, Health Care, and the Law.

Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1999.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — R 725.5 H44]
A dictionary of people, associations, and terms related to the bioethical questions of euthanasia, biotechnology, abortion and other health care issues.

The Concise Encylopedia of the Ethics of New Technologies.

The Concise Encylopedia of the Ethics of New Technologies.

San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 2001.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — TP 248 .23 .C664 2001]


Outlines the major issues raised by new technologies and research.

Encyclopedia of Ethical, Legal, and Policy Issues in Biotechnology.

Encyclopedia of Ethical, Legal, and Policy Issues in Biotechnology.

New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2001.
[St Michael's 1st Floor Reference Area — TP 249 .16 M87 2000]

Collections of Essays

These works provide a wide variety of approaches to and viewpoints on bioethical issues.


The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics.

The Penn Center Guide to Bioethics.

Edited by Vardit Ravitsky, Autumn Fiester, and Arthur L. Caplan. New York: Springer, 2009.
[Gerstein — QH 332 .P46 2009]

Bioethics Matters: A Guide for Concerned Catholics.

Bioethics Matters: A Guide for Concerned Catholics.

Moira McQueen. Ottawa, ON: Novalis, 2008.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Stacks — R 725.56 .M38 2008]

The Oxford Handbook of Bioethics.

The Oxford Handbook of Bioethics.

Edited by Bonnie Steinbock. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Stacks — QH 332 .O94 2007]

Handbook of Bioethics and Religion.

Handbook of Bioethics and Religion.

Edited by David E. Guinn. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Stacks — R 725.55 .H36 2006]

Health Care Ethics: A Catholic Theological Analysis.

Health Care Ethics: A Catholic Theological Analysis.

Benedict M. Ashley, Jean K. deBlois, Kevin D. O'Rourke. 5th edition. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2006.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Stacks — RA 724 .A74 2006]

Contemporary Issues in Bioethics: A Catholic Perspective.

Contemporary Issues in Bioethics: A Catholic Perspective.

By James J. Walter and Thomas A. Shannon. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2005.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Stacks — R 725.56 .W35 2005]

Intervention and Reflection: Basic Issues in Medical Ethics.

Intervention and Reflection: Basic Issues in Medical Ethics.

Ronald Munson. 7th edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 2004.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Stacks — R 724 I57]

Catholic Health Care Ethics: A Manual for Ethics Committees.

Catholic Health Care Ethics: A Manual for Ethics Committees.

Edited by Peter J. Cataldo and Albert S. Moraczewski. Boston: National Catholic Bioethics Center, 2001.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Stacks — R 724 .C38]

Contemporary Issues in Bioethics.

Contemporary Issues in Bioethics.

Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1999.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Stacks — R 724 C67 1999]

Medical Ethics: Sources of Catholic Teachings.

Medical Ethics: Sources of Catholic Teachings.

Kevin D. O'Rourke and Philip J. Boyle. 4th edition. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2011.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Stacks — R 725.56 075 2011]

A Companion to Bioethics.

A Companion to Bioethics.

Blackwell Companions to Philosophy. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers, 1998.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Stacks — R 724 C616]

On Moral Medicine: Theological Perspectives in Medical Ethics.

On Moral Medicine: Theological Perspectives in Medical Ethics.

Edited by Stephen E. Lammers and Allen Verhey. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998.
[St Michael's 2nd Floor Stacks — R 724 .058]

Finding Journal Articles
ETHXWeb

ETHXWeb.

Washington, D.C.: Kennedy Institute of Ethics.
[Available online]
The most complete listing of English-language materials on bioethics. It includes citations for journal articles, books, and government reports taken from the much larger PubMed database.

PubMed.

PubMed.

[Available online.]
PubMed, a database of the National Library of Medicine in the U.S, provides access to over 11 million citations in the health sciences from the mid-60's to the present.

Philosopher's Index.

Philosopher's Index.

[Available online for UofT use.]
In addition to being a major source on information in the area of bioethics, Philosopher's Index is the major database listing articles on philosophy, including ethics.

ATLA Religion Database.

ATLA Religion Database.

[Available online for UofT use.]
ATLA Religion Database is the major database listing articles on religious studies.

University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics.

University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics.

[Available online]
It is the goal of the centre and its website, to foster interdisciplinary research and scholarship, link education to research, and disseminate research findings to improve policies and practices. It is a good source for web resources on a number of bioethical subjects.

National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature.

National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature.

[Available online]
This site houses a collection of books, journals, newspaper articles, legal material, and government publications.

Emory's MedWeb Bioethics.

Emory's MedWeb Bioethics.

[Available online]
MedWeb is the Emory University Health Sciences Center Library's index of biomedical internet resources. Their Bioethics page is categorized into 50 subheadings with its own set of links, making it one of thmost comprehensive bioethics supersites on the web.