Research Services

Since its founding in 1974, the Bioethics Research Library of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics has been dedicated to supporting the complex, interdisciplinary work of scholarship in applied ethics. From custom search strategies to sophisticated finding aids to one-on-one research consultations, we are proud to continue a decades-long tradition of world-class research and reference services.

Curated Resources

The library team is proud to offer a variety of hand-picked resources, organized by topic or by type of inquiry, to help launch your research project. We are also pleased to share access to a variety of special collections on topics ranging from Jewish, Islamic, and Asian bioethics, to interviews and archives of materials from the founding of the field—many available for free to researchers anywhere in the world.

Have a specific research inquiry? Read on below for more tailored resources.

Reference Consultations

Our reference team is proud to offer free one-on-one research consultations to anyone in the world engaged a suitable project, free of charge.

Every consult is unique, but our general process involves an unfolding conversation, where, after an initial consultation to learn more about your project and your resource needs, our team provides a short list of highly-pertinent resources, and uses your feedback on that list to generate an expanded list built from the materials you identify as most valuable. Learn more about a typical consultation process here.

Use the form below to submit a reference request and begin a conversation about your work. We look forward to hearing from you!


Submit a Reference Request

Use the form below to start a conversation with our reference team. We look forward to working with you!

  • Tell us about what you are working on, and what materials you are seeking that we can help you access.