The Libraries at BCC offer a wealth of high quality resources for all your academic research needs. In the early stages of developing a research question or thesis, encyclopedias can give you a broad overview of topics, often from a variety of perspectives. Check out the Gale Virtual Reference Library or Credo Reference for this purpose. They're located among our A-Z Listing of Databases, in alphabetical order. Try searching broad topics such as:
Journal articles are most useful once you have refined your research topic. Try searching a comprehensive database such as Academic Search Premier, or Academic OneFile, which provide access to journals and magazines from a variety of subject disciplines. Any of the following search terms can be combined with another term to help narrow your search. Choose the advanced search function and try combining search terms, such as these:
clinical trials AND informed consent AND elderly
medical ethics AND economic aspects
human experimentation AND race
If you are examining your topic from a science or health-related perspective, check out some of the discipline-specific databases, listed below:
If you get stuck or have any questions, contact a librarian for help!
The Way of All Flesh is a BBC-produced documentary from 1997 that takes an early look at "the myth, mystery and science surrounding Henrietta Lacks’ life and death and the effect her cells had on science." The film, directed by Adam Curtis, won Best Science and Nature Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
The web links in this box will introduce you to other ethical issues and/or cases involving human experimentation and informed consent.
New England Journal of Medicine: The Havasupai Indian Tribe Case - Lessons for Research Involving Stored Biologic Samples
The Deadly Deception: A documentary about the Tuskeegee Syphillis Study