Prof. Cassidy

  October 19, 2007

Guide for finding sources at the George T. Potter Library
Leigh Keller



I. Library Homepage

  • Provides access to the catalog (OPAC), databases, interlibrary loan forms, etc.

II. Finding Books at the Potter Library

  • Catalog: use this to find books, periodical titles (NOT ARTICLES), government documents, reserve items, music,and movies owned by the Library. You may limit a search by language, year(s) of publication, type of material, etc. This may take a few seconds to load.
  • Use the Basic Search to find material using Keywords
    • For example: search for war ethics to locate a broad range of materials the library has on these keywords
    • When you find an appropriate title, click on the Subjects, etc... tab located at the top of a catalog record to see which Library of Congress subject headings are discussed in that particular book/DVD/periodical
  • OR
  • Search the catalog using Subject Browse feature if you know the relevant Library of Congress subject heading
    • For example:
      • Ethics
      • War moral and ethical aspects
      • Applied Ethics
      • Feminist Ethics
      • Social Ethics
    1. Start with broad searches. It is much easier to discard too much rather than start with too little.
    2. If you don't know the Subject Heading, use the Subject, etc... tab located on the top of a catalog record to get to the headings. This will help you focus in on more relevant material.
    3. Can "virtually" browse the shelves by clicking on the call number in a record.

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III. Reference Material

  • The reference stacks are located on the 3rd floor (this is also the library's entrance).
  • Some useful materials for your projects:
    Ethics Ref BJ63.E54 2004
    Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics Ref BL31.E44
    Biomedical Ethics: Opposing Viewpoints Ref H31.O62 B61 1994
    Encyclopedia of Values and Ethics Ref BJ63.H47 1996
    Medical Ethics Ref H31.C97 M48
    Euthanasia: Opposing Viewpoints Ref H31.O62.E91 2000
    Encyclopedia of Ethics Ref BJ63.E54 2001
    Ethics in U.S. Government: an encyclopedia of investigations, scandals, reforms, and legislations Ref JK468.E7 R556 2001
    Physician-Assisted Suicide Ref H31.O62 P70
    Encyclopedia of Women and Gender: sex similarities and differences and the impact of society on gender Ref HQ1115.E43 2001
    Euthanasia: the moral issues Ref 726.E294 1989
    Michigan v Kevorkian: the ethics of assisted suicide

    Ref BJ 352 .M534 2002


    Oxford Handbook of Practical Ethics Ref BJ 1031.O94 2003
    Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics Ref BJ 63.E44
    Encyclopedia of Science, Technology and Ethics online
    Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy online
    Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy online

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IV. Electronic Resources

Academic Search Premier


A multidisciplinary database that contains many full-text articles. May also limit to scholary (peer-reviewed) journals.
JSTOR Comprised of the full-text of more than 500 academic journals
Health Management Journals This will provide good information regarding ethics in health administration.
CQ Researcher A weekly publication providing original in-depth analysis of the most current major and controversial issues of the day with complete summaries, all the pros and cons, two bibliographies and more
Social Sciences Journals The database includes over 510 titles, with more than 280 available in full text.
Expanded Academic A multidisciplinary database that contains many full-text articles

Scholarly/Peer Reviewed/Refereed articles have been reviewed by a selected panel of experts in the discipline covered by that journal. Many of the databases allow you to limit your search to these articles.


  1. Always switch to the Advanced Search page in a database. This will give you more control over your results.
  2. Always use Boolean Operators-AND, OR, NOT and Quotation Marks when running a search. For Example: "medical ethics" and (stem cell or embryonic stem cell)
  3. Always check your Spelling if the database results are zero.
  4. Use the Subject Terms or Thesaurus link, if available, to find the best terms to use in a database.

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V. Interlibrary Loan

  • Journal Finder: this provides information regarding if a journal is available full-text online, in print in the library, or available on microfilm.
  • Interlibrary Loan: allows studens to borrow a book or article that the George T. Potter library does not own. There is a link from the Journal Finder page.

Both of these links can be found under QUICK LINKS on the library's homepage.

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VI. Web Sources

Selected Websites

  • The Rights Philosophy Forum : good information on human rights ethics
  • Ethics Update: from the University of San Diego, a great source on literature, videos, scholarship and more. This site links to many topics: hunger, war, sexual orientation, gender, euthanasia, discrimination and more.

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VII. Bibliographies

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Need more help? Visit or call the Reference Desk: 201.684.7574

Use QandA NJ: a 24/7 virtual chat with a reference librarian. (under QUICKLINKS on the homepage)