Purpose of Research Guide 

This guide will be useful in locating information on controversial topics. Understanding the pros and cons of a topic are essential before you can intelligently debate or analyze the topic in a paper or speech. 

Web Resources 

Find a Topic 

Full Reports and Topic Analyses 


General Health Care 

  • Becoming a Health Care Professional (Makely, 2013) 
  • Health Care Ethics (2013)  
  • Health Law & Medical Ethics for Healthcare Professionals (Allen, 2013) 
  • Principles of Biomedical Ethics (Beauchamp, 2013) 


  • Case Studies in Nursing Ethics (Fry, 2011) 
  • Community-Based Collaborative Action Research: A Nursing Approach (Pavlish, 2012) 
  • Community Health Nursing: Caring for the Public's Health (Burlington, 2016) 
  • Creating and Sustaining Civility in Nursing Education: A Faculty Field Guide (Clark, 2013) 
  • Ending Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility (Bartholomew, 2014) 
  • Ethics & Issues in Contemporary Nursing (Burkhardt, 2014) 
  • Gerontological Nursing: Competencies for Care (Mauk, 2014) 
  • Nursing Ethics and Responsibility in Advanced Practice (Grace, 2014) 
  • Nursing Today: Transition and Trends (Zerwekh & Garneau, 2015) 
  • Professional issues in nursing: challenges & opportunities (Huston, 2014) 
  • Public Health Nursing (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2014) 
  • Spirituality in Nursing (O'Brien, 2014)  


  • Code of Medical Ethics by American Medical Association (2015) 
  • Medical Law and Ethics (Freemen, 2016) 
  • Resolving Ethical Dilemmas (Lo, 2013) 

Databases & Catalogs 

Keyword Search Terms 

  •  Ethics 
  •  Legislation 
  •  Law (combined with topic) 
  •  Controversy (combined with topic) 

Subject Terms 

  • Ethics 
  • Legislation 
  • Search for specific topics such as bioethics, etc. 

Call Number Ranges  

(Check the Library shelves) 

W 32 and W 50 (NLM) 

WY 33 and WY 85 (NLM) 

RT 85 (Library of Congress) 

NLM = National Library of Medicine Classification (e.g. Health Sciences Libraries such as CoxHealth) 

Library of Congress Classification = Academic Libraries (e.g. Drury, MSU, Evangel) 

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