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A course guide dedicated to Bioethics


  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) - Invests in research and evidence to make health care safer and improve quality. 
  • Belmont Report- Identifies basic ethical principles and guidelines that address ethical issues arising from the conduct of research with human subjects.
  • Guide to Law LibraryFrom the Law Library of Congress Public Services Division. It is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information.
  • U.S. National Library of Medicine - This website provides access to resources, including PubMed, and online websites. 
  • ​​National Human Genome Research Institute -The website includes resources that provide background information and various positions on issues in bioethics.
  • HSRProj (Health Services Research Project in Progress)Allows users to search in multiple retrieval systems at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). The current Gateway searches MEDLINE/PubMed, LOCATORplus, MEDLINEplus, Clinical, DIRLINE, and Meeting Abstracts. 
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services This website can provide diverse and concise information on the improvement of the health, safety, and well being of Americans and the legal ramifications. 
  • Adelaide Centre for Bioethics and Culture - The Adelaide Centre for Bioethics and Culture is a newly established independent academic centre. It aims to address important issues in bioethics and also those which have cultural significance. 
  • Anscombe Bioethics Centre Anscombe Bioethics Centre is a Roman Catholic academic institute that engages users with the moral questions arising in clinical practice and biomedical research. 
  • Bioethics in Medicine - From the University of Washington School of Medicine, Each topic begins with an overview and a series of commonly asked questions. In addition, there are several case-based scenarios with discussions linked to each topic. Links to additional readings and related websites are included at the end of topic. 
  • Bioethics Literature Database (BELIT) - BELIT provides access to approximately 650,000 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.
  • Bioethics Public Policy Reports - From National Catholic Bioethics Center. The Bioethics Public Policy Report keep constituents informed about current developments in bioethics that impact the dignity of the human person.
  • Bioethics Research Library From Georgetown University's Kennedy Institute of Ethics. Search for particular articles, books, audio-visual, request a custom bibliography, retrieve bibliographies on bioethics topics, and find publications, organizations, and syllabi. 
  • EthicShare - From the University of Minnesota, EthicShare is a discovery and collaboration research website for ethics scholars and students. 
  • Globethics - The Library offers free online access to millions of full-text documents on ethics and related disciplines. Participants also have the possibility to contribute their own documents to the library.
  • Global Ethics Observatory (GEObs) - It is a system of databases with worldwide coverage in bioethics and other areas of applied ethics in science and technology such as environmental ethics, science, ethics, and technology ethics. 
  • The Hastings Center  - The Hastings Center is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit bioethics research institute founded in 1969. A major goal is to pursue interdisciplinary research and education that includes both theory and practice. 
  • International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) - The website provides a way to exchange information on stem cell research. 
  • Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) - The Kaiser Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S.
  • Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science (OEC) - From Case Western University. This site offers reproduces in a variety of disciplines of applied ethics, including biological and environmental ethics. 
  • Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues - The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues seeks to identify and promote policies and practices that ensure scientific research, health care delivery, and technological innovation are conducted in a socially and ethically responsible manner
  • PhilPapers  - A comprehensive directory of online philosophical articles and books by academic philosophers. 
  • Rand Corporation - Provides in-depth reports on current issues including those related to health care. 
  • World Health Organization (WHO)- Public health areas where WHO is involved in providing leadership and guidance on the ethical issues involved.

Ethical and Religious Directive

Ethical and Religious Directives (ERDs or Directives) is the document that offers moral guidance drawn from the Catholic Church's theological and moral teachings, on various aspects of health care delivery. You can find the directives on the website of the the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops or find a copy in the Welder Library.