Bioethics is a branch of applied ethics that studies the value implications of practices and developments in life sciences, medicine, and health care.

Bioethics is a multidisciplinary subject that includes a wide range of issues, from medical professional-patient relations, to end-of-life issues, to issues relating to new medical technologies. The subject area of bioethics can be defined as narrowly or as broadly as the circumstances demand. Many researchers consider “bioethics” to be limited to the moral, social, and ethical implications of human medicine (clinical ethics) and research on human or animal subjects (research ethics). This can include implications of human cloning and genetic manipulation, euthanasia, human studies research in medicine and psychology, and eugenics. Others view “bioethics” in the larger sense, as the moral, social, and ethical implications of any action as it relates to biological species and/or systems, including (but not limited to) human and animal health, the environment, and agriculture. This is sometimes called “life science ethics” or “environmental ethics.”

Complete Journals List


Clarkson Holdings

American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB)

from 01/01/2001 to 18 months ago

American Journal of Law & Medicine

from 03/01/1975 to present

Animal Welfare Institute Quarterly

from 2000 to present in print
2003 to present online


from 1987 to present

Bioethics Bulletin

Open access


from 1987 to present

BMC Medical Ethics

from 2000 to present

Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society

from 01/01/1981 to present

Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics

from 01/01/2001 to 1 year ago

Developing World Bioethics

from 2001 to present

Environmental Ethics

from 1981 to 2010 in print only

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

from 1998 to present

Ethics & Medicine

from 04/01/2001 to present

Ethics and the Environment

from 06/01/1999 to present

Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics

from 2001 to present

Genomics, Society & Policy

Open access

Global Virtue Ethics Review

From 2000 to present

Hastings Center Report

from 1971 to present

Health Ethics Today

from 1997 to present

Health Matrix

from 03/01/1991 to present

Internet Health: Journal on Medical Internet Research , Applications , Communication and Ethics

Open access

Internet Journal of Law, Healthcare, and Ethics

Open access

IRB: Ethics & Human Research

From 1979 to present

Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics

From 1991 to present

Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science

from 01/01/1998 to 18 months ago

Journal of Clinical Research & Bioethics

Open access

Journal of Ethics

from 1997 to present

Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics

from 03/01/1995 to present

Journal of Medical Ethics

from 1975 to 3 years ago

Journal of Medical Humanities

From 1989 to present

Journal of Medicine & Philosophy

from 02/01/1997 to 1 year ago

Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal

from 12/01/2002 to 1 year ago

Online Journal of Health Ethics

from 2004 to present

Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy

from 1998 to present

Perspectives on Science

from 03/01/1996 to 1 year ago in

Science and Engineering Ethics

from 03/01/1995 to present

Science in Context

from 06/01/2001 to 1 year ago

Science, Technology, & Human Values 

from 1976 to present

Social Studies of Science

from 1971 to present

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics

from 1997 to present

The Latham Letter

from 1992 to present

Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law & Ethics

from 05/17/2001 to present

Searching and Browsing for Books: When searching the online catalog for library materials it is helpful to do a keyword search for your subject. Following are some keywords that will be effective in finding material on bioethics. Using quotes around your keywords will keep them together in the search algorithm.

Try these keywords when searching for information about your topic:

medical ethics biomedical ethics                  medical laws and legislation
human experimentation               clinical ethics nursing ethics
cloning euthanasia right to die
transplantation organs health care ethics      terminal care
bioethics informed consent applied ethics
assisted suicide medical ethics  

Searching “subject headings” is better than key word searching, to get results that are sure to be about a particular subject. The subject headings are assigned to every book when it is cataloged, and describe, using a controlled set of terms, what the book is about. Below are some major subject headings relevant to bioethics:

Agriculture — Moral and ethical aspects     Ethics, evolutionary
Animal rights     Laboratory animals — Moral and Ethical aspects     
Animal welfare     Medical ethics
Bioethics     Resarch — Moral and ethical aspects
Biology — Social aspects     Science — Moral and ethical aspects
Environmental ethics     Science — social aspects

Mesh Terms: Heath Care Ethics / Ethics, Health Care / Biomedical Ethics / Ethics, Biomedical

Clarkson University Libraries has hundreds of print and e-book titles in the field of biomedical ethics. This is a select list. Explore the library catalog for more.

In print at the Libraries: