At the heart of EthicShare lies its collection of citations to high quality scholarly and popular materials, a freely available index of bibliographic data for EthicShare users. Access to these materials surfaced as a primary interest among the bioethics community early on in the investigative phase of the EthicShare project. The challenge of balancing our community of scholars’ interest in high quality materials with their needs for timely and comprehensive resource discovery has been a driving force for the site’s development.
(Access to the electronic full text of items, when available, in the EthicShare collection is currently provided in two ways: 1) links to freely available or appropriate-copy licensed full text copies and 2) through the “Find In a Library” button. For more information on how to access items from the collection, please visit the help page.)
The primary target for EthicShare collection acquisition is the field of bioethics and draws heavily on citations from the PubMed repository and from the OCLC WorldCat database. The collection consists of journal article records, editorials, legal cases, newspaper articles, book reviews, interviews, case reports, books, non‐US government documents, and more. Increasingly, we are also including popular newspaper and news magazine articles from a variety of sources, including the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
The current database certainly represents a rich and important collection of bioethics articles and books, but we plan to extend the EthicShare collection model and deepen our coverage to include an even broader range of materials. Other sources (both current and future) of bibliographic records include:
- Book chapters drawn from collections of interest
- Additoinal commission reports (US and International): sources include the National Library of Medicine Catalog, the Catalog of US Govt. Publications, the IUPUI Bioethics Digital Library, etc.
- Dissertation records
- E-book records
- Additional government documents
- JSTOR materials
- OAIster.org: Institutional Repository deposits, digital object records, archival materials, and foreign language materials.
- Additonal scholarly journal literature
EthicShare also plans to further expand the collection into other areas of practical ethics including, but not limited to: business ethics, journalism ethics, human rights, and legal ethics as funding permits.
Contributions from users to EthicShare are also welcomed and encouraged. To submit bibliographic reference information to the EthicShare database, users can fill out a brief submission form with all the bibliographic details they have, or they may send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. EthicShare staff then attempt to locate a source for the reference and load the record into the database. This process is currently being enhanced and improved, and a new submission form should make it easier for users to submit materials including syllabi, book chapters, journal articles, and other items to the collection.