BIO 300 Library Guide

Issues & Ethics in Biology

Getting started

Starting points

The library's reference and book collections can serve as a starting point for learning about the scope and terminology of your topic, and as a way to locate citations to articles on it.

Look up books in OneSearch by author, title, subject or keyword

Some useful Library of Congress Subject Headings include:

Animal ethics

Bioethics

Cloning

Environmental ethics

Genetics -- Moral and Ethical Aspects

Medical ethics

Stem cells

Or browse the library shelves for relevant books

Call numbers and corresponding subject collections:

BJ = ethics

QH = biology, ecology, genetics

QP = physiology and biochemistry

QR = microbiology

R-RG = health, medicine

Online encyclopedias and resource collections

Bioethics.net Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania

Bioethics Resources on the Web from U.S. National Institutes of Health

Opposing Viewpoints In Context

Congressional Research Service Reports analysis of federal legislation

CQ Researcher analyzes policy implications of issues, including bioethics

Search biology encyclopedias

Other starting points

Bioethics.net Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania

Bioethics Resources on the Web from U.S. National Institutes of Health

Opposing Viewpoints In Context

Congressional Research Service Reports analysis of federal legislation

CQ Researcher analyzes policy implications of issues, including bioethics

Find articles

Suggested library databases and search engines

Search for journal articles, conference papers, etc., via the Library's Web site.

Also consult the Library's guide to locating Scholarly and Peer-Reviewed Journals.

Biological Science Indexing & Abstracting Databases:

Agricultural & Environmental Science Database (includes AGRICOLA) interdisciplinary index to the literature of agriculture and the environment

Biological Abstracts index to research journals in all areas of biology

Earth, Atmospheric & Aquatic Science Database (includes Aquatic Sciences & Fisheries Abstracts) marine biology, oceanography, freshwater science, fisheries

MEDLINE all areas of medicine and health

Scientific Publisher Databases:

Annual Reviews Backfile authoritative scientific review articles synthesizing prior research

JSTOR Retrospective Journal Collection

Sage Journals

Science Direct (Elsevier)

Springer Journals

Wiley Interscience Journals

Multidisciplinary Databases:

Academic OneFileAcademic Search Premier (Ebsco)

Conference Papers Index

Google Scholar

GreenFile (environment and policy)

Ethical and Moral Aspects:

Religion & Philosophy

Policy/Regulatory Aspects:

CQ Researcher

Congressional Research Service Reports

Search Government Publications via GPO Federal Digital System

PAIS International

Westlaw (replaces Lexis-Nexis)

Thomas Legislative Information (Congressional bills and legislation)

See also Researching Policy (ENVS 300/500) and the library's Public Policy Research Guide

Popular Publications, News, Opinions:

Academic Search Premier (Ebsco)

Westlaw

NewsStand

Web sites from organizations or corporations

See also the library's Guide to News & Current Events

Other sources:

Consider these search engines that selectively cover only scholarly Web sites:

Science.gov a portal to scientific reports from numerous federal agencies

Google Scholar

Citing sources

Council of Science Editors (CSE) style

CSUMB Division of Science & Environmental Policy CSE Citation Guidelines

Scientific style and format : the CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishers : REF T11.S386 2006

(THIS IS THE RECOMMENDED FORMAT FOR ENVS, MSCI and BIO COURSES)

This guide from the Council of Science Editors (CSE) provides both citation and writing style guidelines for the sciences and related fields.

See also these Web sites for how to cite references using the CSE style guidelines:

Council of Science Editors (CSE) Style Guide from Ohio State University Libraries

CSE Citation Examples from Dakota State University

CSE Style Guidelines from Weber State University Library

Council of Science Editors Documentation Style from University of Wisconsin

Try CSE Citation Wizard from 21st Century Information Fluency to format your citation on the fly. Be sure to check the results carefully.

Further study

Literature reviews - an overview

What is the role of a literature review in research? What's it mean to 'review' the literature? Get the big picture of what to expect as part of the process. This 9-minute video was created by North Carolina State University Libraries.

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