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FYS 100 (36) - Bioethics: Finding Books

Some useful subject headings

These subject headings will take you to books associated with bioethics.

You may want to go to the call number areas for these books to browse for the information you need. 

Many of these subject headings also have "narrower terms" that may help you refine your search or "broader terms" that may help you expand it.

You may use any of these subject headings to search the WorldCat database to find books that are not owned by UR.  See the box below for information on borrowing books from other libraries (interlibrary loan) or the box to the right on visiting local academic libraries.

Using Interlibrary Loan



If UR does not own a book that you need for your research, use Interlibrary Loan to request it from another library.  Depending on how long it takes for the loaning library to fill the request, you should allow 2-3 weeks for your book to arrive.  You will be notified through email when the book arrives and you can then pick it up at the Information Desk at Boatwright's entrance.

Finding books

You can begin your search for books on your topic in the UR Library Catalog *.  Here are some quick tips for effective catalog searches:

  • Start with a keyword search and when you have found one or two relevant books, examine their subject headings to help guide further searching.
  • The keyword search is searching the titles, subject headings, and any contents notes in the catalog record -- not the full text of the book.
  • Most books by and about a topic are shelved together, so once you have a few call numbers, you can BROWSE.   For example, many books on bioethics are found in the R700's or the QH330's.  These books are shelved on Boatwright's B2 level.
  • All circulating books are shelved on the B1 and B2 levels of Boatwright.  Reference books are in the Research & Collaborative area of the 1st floor.

You can also use the library's discovery tool -- OneSearch * -- to find books on your topic.  OneSearch results can be limited to:

  • books only
  • books only owned at UR
  • e-books only

You may also look for books owned by Virginia Commonwealth University or other area academic libraries by searching those library catalogs. You may check out books from these libraries if you first obtain a form at Boatwright's Information Desk and take it with you to the other library.  You may also use Interlibrary Loan to borrow books from local libraries.

WorldCat *** allows you to search library catalogs throughout the world.  You may request books from these libraries through Interlibrary Loan but allow 3-4 weeks to receive them.