The Bioethics Research Library at Georgetown University is a destination library for bioethics scholars worldwide and an exceptional resource for the entire Georgetown community.Ask a Librarian
Our mission at the Bioethics Research Library is to provide exceptional services, curate unique knowledge collections, support collaborative research projects, and host an engaging space for active scholarship at Georgetown University.
The Bioethics Research Library’s DigitalGeorgetown collection includes many freely accessible resources for bioethics researchers.
- PubMed — comprises over 24 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. View recently added documents in core bioethics journals or limit to free full text documents. You can also search using the bioethics subset.
- EthxWeb — our richly indexed database that consolidates interdisciplinary bioethics material covering 1974-2009, with extensive subject bibliographies in bioethics. Explore more databases prepared by the BRL.
- PhilPapers — a comprehensive directory of online philosophical articles and books by academic philosophers.
- Web of Science —provides you access to reliable, integrated, multidisciplinary research. Available online if your library has purchased a subscription to the database.
- Global Digital Library on Ethics — Globethics.net offers access to a large number of resources on ethics.
- Global Ethics Observatory — The Global Ethics Observatory is a system of databases with worldwide coverage in bioethics and other areas of applied ethics.
- Philosopher’s Index — the primary index to the literature of philosophy. Available online if your library has purchased a subscription to the database.
- ProQuest Research Library — a multidisciplinary resource featuring a diversified mix of sources. Available online if your library has purchased a subscription to the database.
- BELIT (Bioethics Literature Database) — provides access to approximately 470,000 records from integrated German, American and French databases.
- EthicShare — a community website to research, share, collaborate, and participate in the field of ethics.
- Google Scholar — there are pros and cons, but it can be a useful tool to supplement your research using search alerts.
Request an article or journal
Georgetown-affiliated users can request materials through Article Reach, Consortium Loan Service, or InterLibrary Loan. Learn how to request an article or journal title.
Did you know the Bioethics Research Library is home to a collection of more than 700 films related to bioethical issues? We’ve put together an extensive list and descriptions of this rare and hard-to-find titles. Ranging from black and white films from the early 20th century (such as the “The Black Stork”), interviews of scholars such as the late Dr. Edmund Pellegrino, to modern fiction such as Gattaca, the collection is quite diverse in scope and content. You can check out the Bioethics Film Collection page to browse through titles and read a little more about each one. We plan to make these available for faculty to reserve for their courses and for viewing in the Bioethics Research Library.
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