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Bioethics: Finding Articles

Study of the ethics, processes, and people which constitute the maintenance of health for human beings. Consists of the theological, philosophical, medical, scientific, and legal aspects of these issues. This guide is primarily from a Catholic viewpoint.

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Why use periodicals?

Periodicals are useful for three primary reasons:  they...

- provide a wealth of valuable information that is current and timely
- contain the latest discussions on a topic
- cover topics not yet published in book form

Periodicals are created for different audiences. Some are for general readers and others for scholars and researchers.

Although the terms periodical, journal, serial and magazine have slightly different definitions, you will likely hear them used interchangeably. These are works that come out on a regular basis (weekly, monthly, annually) and contain articles written by various authors.

Scholarly vs. Popular

A magazine is….

A scholarly journal is….

—written by journalists

—written by scholars

—for general readers or a popular audience

—for an academic audience

—peer-reviewed or refereed

—has little or no credentials given

—assumes the reader has some scholarly background

—non-technical language

—has little or no advertising

—lots of color (glossy) & it draws attention

—usually includes cited references


—short articles

—provides a primary source of information (original research)

—is for entertainment or leisure value

Keywords in the title can be: Research, Studies, Review, Journal or Quarterly

Peer Reviewed Articles

Scholarly peer review (also known as refereeing) is the process of subjecting an author's scholarly work, research, or ideas to the scrutiny of others who are experts in the same field, before a paper describing this work is published in a journal.There are anonymous and open reviews.

Articles in our Basic Cross-disciplinary Database



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Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature (journals) across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. It includes most peer-reviewed online journals. Use FIND IT@UST Libraries to get the full-text if not available in Google Scholar.

Google Scholar Search

Online Newsletters

Bioethics is a fast-changing field, so use these news sources keep up-to-date on new developments.

Historic North American Catholic Newspapers Archive