Using BRL Databases: EthxWeb and IMSE


EthxWeb consolidates interdisciplinary bioethics material from 1974 to 2009. A useful resource for those interested in researching materials in an extensive range of  bioethics topics, ETHXWeb contains journal articles, book chapters, bills, laws, court decisions, reports, books, audiovisuals, and news articles.

Key Search tip:

Limit a search by “General Approach”(Analytical, Case Study, Empirical, Legal, Philosophical, Popular, Religious, Review) by making a selection from the menu.

About EthxWeb

Responsible for Content: Bioethics Research Library, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University.

Focus: Bioethics and Professional Ethics.

Date Range: Comprehensive coverage from 1974 to 2009.

Languages: Afrikaans to Thai (19 languages)

Types of materials covered: Journal articles, monographs, book chapters, bills, law review articles, court decisions, reports, audiovisuals, and news articles.

Tutorials: No.

Free: Yes.

Download to citation manager: No.

Saved search/email updates: No.

Special features: Limit searching by Publication Type [Audiovisual Material, Bill, Book Chapter, Book/Monograph/Report, Court Decision, Fatwa, Journal Article, Law, News Article, Textbook, Unpublished Document] or Approach [Analytical, Case Study, Empirical, Legal, Philosophical, Popular, Religious, Review].  EthxWeb includes the BIOETHICSLINE database records created by the Kennedy Institute of Ethics for the U.S. National Library of Medicine from 1975 to 2000, and PubMed bioethics subset records from 2000 to 2006.

Bibliographies on Bioethics Topics : quick bibliographies on a variety of bioethical issues.

Data Alert:  While records were added to EthxWeb until 2012, the database is comprehensive only from 1974 to 2009.

Islamic Medical and Scientific Ethics (IMSE)

The Islamic Medical and Scientific Ethics (IMSE) collection comprises a wide range of resources covering  the broad spectrum of Islamic literature on biomedical ethics.  The IMSE database is an integrated information retrieval system providing access to bibliographic citations on Islamic bioethics in English and Arabic.

Key Search tip:

Refine a search using the subset of Islamic medical ethics subject headings in the Bioethics Thesaurus.

About IMSE

Responsible for Content: Bioethics Research Library (English) and the School of Foreign Service Qatar Library (Arabic).

Focus: Islamic perspectives on abortion, death and dying, genetics, health care delivery, human experimentation, organ transplantation, and reproductive technologies.

Date Range: 1966–present, with a majority of the records from 2000–present.

Languages: Arabic, English

Type of materials covered: Journal articles, books, book chapters, legal documents, newspapers articles, monographs, theses and dissertations.

Tutorials: No, but has Search Tips:

Free: Yes

Download to citation manager: EndNote; RefWorks; Pro-Cite

Saved search/email updates: Yes

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