Ethics. Research. Community.


What Am I Searching?

Developed with an initial focus on bioethics, the EthicShare database features scholarly articles, books, archival and digital objects, popular press literature, dissertations, and commission reports, as well as blogs and other sources.

EthicShare draws heavily on data from NLM's PubMed, OCLC's WorldCat, newspapers and other sources.  To date, the EthicShare collection of PubMed data consists of journal article records, editorials, legal cases, newspaper articles, book reviews, interviews, case reports, non-US government documents, and more. The EthicShare database is updated and added to regularly.  For more information on what is in the database, please visit our Collection Development Policy page under the About tab.

More Help on Search:

Keyword Search and Booleans

EthicShare keyword searches are, by default, boolean "AND" searches.  This means that all your terms must appear in every
record in the result set.  However, you can specify your own boolean operators "AND," "OR" or "NOT"
(must be capitalized) to override this behavior. You can also use quotation marks, parenthesis, and plus/minus signs to narrow or
broaden searches. For example:


EthicShare automatically stems words in its search index, which means that a search on “wrong motivation” will find records containing such variants as “wrongful” and “motivational” as well as exact matches.

Advanced Search

Focus searches further and find specific items with the "advanced search" feature.  This allows you to search within specific fields:

Search by Author

Type the author’s name into the the box for Author. Names from multiple authors can be combined in a single search. To search for a single author’s name, place your terms in quotation marks and use the following format: Last, First Middle.

Search by Subject

Any term entered in the basic search box will be found anywhere in the record. A topical term will be matched to terms in the record’s assigned subject terms as well as to words in the title, abstract, or elsewhere. To search only assigned subject terms, use the Advanced Search (you can find a link for this next to the Search button). This lets you enter your term in a specified Subject box which will match only against assigned subject terms. Note that assigned subject terms are not displayed in the record. The most frequent assigned subjects in your result set can be seen in the Refine by Subject section of the column at the right of the Search Results screen, Most of the assigned subject terms in EthicShare are Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) terms from PubMed.

Search for an Individual Citation

Type in the information you have into either the Search box or the Advanced Search boxes. To search for a particular journal title, enter the title in the Advance Search box labeled Journal. EthicShare will suggest titles which contain the term you enter in a drop down list from which you may select. You may also place your search in quotation marks to specify the exact title, e.g., “American journal of bioethics”.

Do not use abbreviated journal titles.

Search for Books

Type in the information that you have into either the search box or the advanced search and then choose Books in the refine by source type section on the right side of the search results page.

Search for News

Type in the information that you have into either the search box or the advanced search and then choose News in the refine by source type section on the right side of the search results page

Using Advanced search

Click on the Open Advanced Search link next to the Search button. The Advanced Search lets you choose the category your search term must be in, for example, to search “Good” as an author name but not also as a subject term or title word. Fill in one or more of the labeled boxes with your search terms. You can also use the operators AND, OR, and NOT to specify how two or more terms in a box should be combined. The Keyword box will for search for terms appearing anywhere in the record, like the basic Search box.