National Reference Center for Bioethics 2009

Appraisal of: Bioethics searcher’s guide to online information resources


Sigrid Droste

Kristin Bakke Lysdahl

Full Reference: 

National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature, National Information Resource on Ethics and Human Genetics (Ed). Bioethics searcher’s guide to online information resources. Washington, DC: Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, 2009.

Short description: 

The aim of the article is to present selected information resources available online and relevant to bioethics. The purpose of the authors is to give bioethics researchers an idea and guidance on the literature databases at 1) The Joseph and Rose Kennedy Institute of Ethics (KIE), Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 2) the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Washington, DC, as well as a short introduction to 3) BELIT (German Reference Centre for Ethics in the Life Sciences, DRZE) and 4) Global Ethics Observatory (UNESCO). 

The article provides information on searching the KIE databases ETHXWeb and GenETHX, besides the Syllabus Exchange Database and the International Bioethics Organizations Database. In addition, some information on the National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature Classification Scheme is introduced as well as on some features to find bioethics information in the NLM Databases PubMed, NLM Catalog, and the Bioethics Portal. 

Limitations stated by the author(s): 

No limitations were stated.

Limitations stated by the reviewer(s): 

No limitations. As the features in the databases have been modified in the last years the screen shots are no always up-to-date.

Study Type: 

Guidance document

Related Chapters: 

Ethical analysis