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See also guides on Abortion and Birth Control, AIDS and HIV, and Aging and Death.

Encyclopedias and Handbooks

Encyclopedias and handbooks can provide useful descriptions, overviews, and lists of references.

Encyclopedia of Bioethics (Green Library Information Center QH332.E52 1995) a great place to start your research — includes detailed articles, selected lists of sources, good cross-references to related terms, and a separate subject index.

The Concise Encyclopedia of the Ethics of New Technologies (Green Library Information Center QH332 .C66 2001)

Encyclopedia of Ethics in Science and Technology. Facts on File (Green Library Information Center Q175.35 .B37 2002)

A Companion to Bioethics, 1998 (Green Library Information Center B72.B565 1991 v. 15) Designed as a guide to students of philosophy, this work provides essays on many aspects of bioethics with suggestions for further reading.

A Companion to Genethics, 2002 (Green Library Information Center B72 .B565 1991 V.21)

Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics (Green Library Information Center BJ63.E53 1998) Provides long essays on a wide variety of topics from abortion, biotechnology, and euthanasia to fetal research and genetic engineering. Each essays includes a bibliography.

The Moral Imagination: Confronting the Ethical Issues of Our Day (Green Library Information Center BJ1031.T57 1995) Though not an encyclopedia, this book tries "to collect the best arguments on all sides of the debates over abortion , suicide, euthanasia, capital punishment, and racial justice."

Encyclopedia of Ethics (Green Library Information Center BJ63.E45 2001) in two volumes, includes long overview articles, annotated bibliographies, and a subject thesaurus.

Animal Rights: A Reference Handbook (Green Library Information Center HV4764.S5 1994) gives an overview of various issues connected to animal rights, plus a selective bibliography of other resources.

Cloning (Green Library Information Center QH442.2 .C56 2002)

Reproductive Technologies Current Controversies (Green Library Information Center RG133.5 .R467 1996)


Indexes (in paper and electronic formats) can help you identify articles in magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals and other resources. Those restricted to the Stanford community are marked with the Stanford only icon. Choose the [help] after a database name to see it's help. For other indexes see the Databases A-Z and Green Library CD-ROMs lists.

Alternative Press Index (1991+ available on the Web; 1969-71; 1974+ shelved at Green Library Information Center Z7164.S66A5) indexes periodicals devoted to social change, including some gay/lesbian periodicals.

Alt-PressWatch provides fulltext of "a collection of newspapers, magazines and journals of the alternative and independent press." Stanford only

ATLA Religion Database (1949+) includes some fulltext (ATLAS) Stanford only

BIOSIS at LANL [help] (1969+) index to literature in the life sciences. Stanford only

CAB Direct (1973+) index to journal literature in agriculture, forestry, animal care, rural development, and other applied aspects of life sciences. Stanford only

Expanded Academic ASAP [help] general index to over 1500 magazines with some fulltext. (1980+) Click Proceed. Stanford only

LexisNexis Academic — selected Lexis-Nexis files especially good for fulltext news, business, and law information. Limited to Stanford students, faculty, and staff.

Medline [help] is available through PubMed. It is also available through OCLC, Ovid, and NLM Gateway. Stanford only

PAIS International, 1972+ ; 1915+ volumes are shelved at Green Library Information Center Z7163.P9) indexes selected books, government documents, and periodical articles on contemporary public issues and the making of public policy. Stanford only

Philosopher's Index (1940+) Stanford only

Social Science Citation Index (1974+) Also available through ISI's Web of Science now part of Web of Knowledge. Note: Ports to ISI are limited. Please log out when done. Stanford only

Social Science Module from ProQuest — fulltext of journals in the social sciences. Stanford only

Social Sciences Index, 1974+ (Green Library Information Center AI3S62) Author/subject index to periodicals in fields such as anthropology, economics, family studies, geography, international relations, law and criminology, political science, policy studies, psychology, social work, sociology, and urban studies.

Sociological Abstracts (1963+) Stanford only (1952-1973 shelved at Green Library Information Center HM1.S67) Indexes articles concerned spectrum of social behavior (individuals, small groups, large organizations, communities, institutions, and societies). Covers sociology and related disciplines such as anthropology, criminology, law, social psychology, urban studies, race relations, demography, and education.

Other Stanford Libraries

This page is based on a guide to reference resources in Green Library, but you may well want to use the resources of other libraries on campus, particularly:

Internet Resources

Kathy Kerns, Head of Information Center
Cecil H. Green Library, Stanford University Libraries

Last modified: September 17, 2008

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