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Concepts, attitudes, ethics, and lifestyle management related to dying, death, grief, and bereavement. Emphasizes intervention and educational aspects for community health and helping professionals and for educators

Table of Contents:

Death Across Cultures
  • Books
    • Cultural changes in attitudes toward death, dying, and bereavement
      Location: Bio-Medical Library BF789 .D4 H425c 2005, Magrath Library GT3150 .H38 2005
    • Death and bereavement around the world
      Location: Bio-Medical Library BF789 .D4 D28341 2002; Magrath Library BL504 .D335 2002
    • Death, dying, and social differences
      Location: Bio-Medical Library WB310 D2842 2004; Wilson Library R726.8 .D384 2004
    • Death, mourning, and burial :a cross-cultural reader
      Location: Bio-Medical Library GN486 D285 2004 ; Magrath Library GN486 .D43 2004
    • Ethnic variations in dying, death, and grief : diversity in universality

      Cross-cultural variation in the experience, expression, and understanding of grief / Paul C. Rosenblatt -- One woman’s interracial journey / Vivian Jenkins Nelsen -- Personal reflections on death, grief, and cultural diversity / Kathleen F. Lundquist and Vivian Jenkins Nelsen -- Mourning and funeral customs of African Americans / Hosea L. Perry -- Mexican American perspectives related to death / Barbara Younoszai -- Hmong death customs: traditional and acculturated / Bruce Thowpaou Bliatout -- Native Americans: adapting, yet retaining / Martin Brokenleg and David Middleton -- To honor the dead and comfort the mourners: traditions in Judaism / Barry D. Cytron -- Death and dying in Buddhism / Ken and Nga Truitner -- Islamic customs regarding death / Farah Gilanshah -- Memorial services among Quakers and Unitarians / Donald P. Irish -- Reflections by professional practitioners / Donald P. Irish -- Conclusions / Donald P. Irish, Kathleen F. Lundquist and Vivian Jenkins Nelsen -- Ethnic population data and trends: United States and Canada / Donald P. Irish. (cont) Questions that might be asked / Donald P. Irish -- Personal reflections on the African American experience / Juan L. Turner -- Personal reflections on the Hispanic experience / Marcial Vasquez.

      Location: Bio-Medical Library BF789.D4 I68e 1993

    • Sorrow & solace :the social world of the cemetery
      Location: Bio-Medical Library GT3320 B121s 2004
  • Internet Resources
    • Cultural Diversity and Grief
      By: Brenda Paik Sunoo (Originally published in "Association of Death Educators and Counselors Newsletter" in March 2002)
    • Death: Mortality and Religious Diversity
      The Immigration Museum’s (Australia) latest exhibition, Death: Mortality and Religious Diversity, asks representatives of Victoria’s eight largest religious groups to explain their approach to life’s greatest mystery, and some of the practical issues involved with translating sometimes ancient rituals to a vibrant multicultural nation.
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  • Association, Organization, Societies
    • American Academy of Grief Counseling
      The American Academy of Grief Counseling offers comprehensive, quality, Certification and Fellowship programs for qualified professionals including, physicians, nurses, counselors, social workers, funeral directors, clergy and other professional providers practicing the specialty of Grief Counseling
    • BabySteps
      BabySteps is named after the baby steps that form the long and difficult road to recovery from the loss of a child. Includes resources, memorials and chat support
    • Bereaved Parents of the USA
      Bereaved Parents of the USA (BP/USA) is a nationwide organization designed to aid and support bereaved parents and their families who are struggling to survive their grief after the death of a child.
    • Compassionate Friends
      The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.
    • Society of Military Widows
      The SOCIETY OF MILITARY WIDOWS (SMW) was founded in 1968 by Theresa (Tess) Alexander to serve the interests of women whose husbands died while on active military duty, of a service-connected illness, or during disability or regular retirement from the armed forces.
  • Books
    • African American grief.
      Location: Magrath Library RC451.5.N4 R67 2005
    • Dead by not lost: grief narratives in religious tradition.
      The psychology of Japanese ancestor rituals -- Americanizing a Buddhist grief narrative -- Continuing bonds with teachers and founders -- The politics and policing of grief -- Grief and continuing bonds in contemporary culture. Location: Magrath Library BL504 .G67 2004
    • Doka, Kenneth J. Books by
      • Children mourning, mourning children
        Location: Magrath Library BF723.G5 C45 1995
      • Death and spirituality
        Location; Magrath Library BT825.D37 1993
      • Death, bereavement, and mourning
        Location: Wilson Library BF789.D4 D348 2005
      • Disenfranchised grief: new directions, challenges, and strategies for practice.
        Location: Magrath Library BF575.G7 D56 2002
      • Guidebook on helping persons with mental retardation mourn
        Location: Bio-Medical Library WM300 K21g 2005
      • Living with grief: at work, at school, at worship
        Location: Bio-Medical Library BF575.G7 L785 1999
      • Living with grief: chldren, adolescents, and loss
        Location: Bio-Medical Library WS105.5.A8 L785 2000; Wilson Library BF723.G75 L58 2000
      • Living with grief: who we are, how we grieve
        Location: Wilson Library BF 575.G7 L59x 1998
      • Living with grief after sudden loss: suicide, homicide, accident, heart attack, stroke
        Location: Magrath Library BF575.G7 L58x 1996
      • Living with grief when illness is prolonged
        Location: Magrath Library R726.8.L586 1997
      • Living with life-threatening illness: a guide for patients, their families and caregivers.
        Location: Bio-Medical Library WT500 D658L 1993
      • Men don't cry ... women do: transcending gender stereotypes of grief
        Location: Magrath Library BF575.G7 M38 2000
    • Handbook of bereavement research: consequences, coping, and care.
      Location: Magrath Library BF575.G7 H355 2001
    • Rando, Therese A., books by
      • Clinical dimensions of anticipatory mourning: theory and practice in working with the dying, their loved ones, and their caregivers
        Location: Magrath Library BF575.G7 C57x 2000
      • Grief, dying, and death: clinical interventions for caregivers.
        Location: Bio-Medical Library BF575.G7 R192g 1984; Magrath Library BF789.D4 R36y 1984; Wilson Library BF575.G7 R35 1984
      • Grieving: how to go on living when someone you love dies
        Location: Wilson Library BF575.G7 R353 1988
      • Loss and anticipatory grief
        Location: Magrath Library BF575.G7 L67 1986; Wilson Library BF575.G7 L67 1986
      • Parental loss of a child
        Location: Wilson Library BF575.G7 P35x 1986
      • Treatment of complicated mourning
        Location: Bio-Medical Library BF595.G7 R192t 1993; wilson Library BF595.G7 R356x 1993
  • Journals
    • Journal of loss & trauma
      v.6- (2001- ) Continues Journal of personal & interpersonal loss. Location: Magrath Library
    • Journal of personal & interpersonal loss
      v. 1-5 (1996-2000) Continued by Journal of loss & trauma. Location: Magrath Library
    • Loss, grief & care
      v. 1-8 (1986-2000) Location: Bio-Medical Library stack no. 156
  • Internet Resources
    • Bereaved Families Online Support Center
      Bereaved Families provides support for people who have lost an immediate family member -- an infant, a child, an adult child, a parent, a brother or a sister, an adult sibling, a grandchild or a spouse.
    • GriefNet is an Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss.
    • GriefShare
      GriefShare is a non-denominational group and features biblical teaching on grief and recovery topics
    • M.I.S.S. Foundation
      MISS is a nonprofit, volunteer based organization committed to providing emergency support to families in crisis after the death of their baby or young child from any cause. Articles and other resources.
    • The Sibling Connection
      This site has been created as a resource for : anyone who has experienced the death of a brother or sister. adults who grew up with a sibling who had a chronic and fatal disease. professional counselors, psychologists, therapists, and other healthcare providers.
    • WidowNet
      An information and self-help resource for, and by widows and widowers.
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Children and Death
  • Association, Organization, Societies
      A resource for teachers, parents and counselors that will support them to support children through loss and grief.
    • Amanda the Panda
      Amanda the Panda provides support to grieving children and their families through a variety of services. Includes a grief support library.
      The Dougy Center for Grieving Children provides support and training locally, nationally and internationally to individuals and organizations seeking to assist children and teens and grief.
  • Books
    • Brief interventions with bereaved children
      Location: Wilson Library BF723.G75 B75 2005
    • Death and the adolescent: a resource handbook for bereavement support groups in schools
      Drawing on their own extensive experience as bereavement counsellors, the authors explain in detail how to conduct a bereavement support group for adolescents. In addition they examine problems typically encountered by bereaved teens, and provide clinical case studies that show a range of grieving patterns. The book includes a description of the mourning and funeral rites practised by a variety of religious and ethnic groups, and concludes with a bibliography and a list of community resources. Location: Magrath Library BF724.3.D43 B39x 1999
    • Helping bereaved children: a handbook for practitioners.
      Location: Magrath Library BF723.G75 H34 2002 ; Wilson Library BF723.G75 H34 2002
    • A teacher's handbook of death.
      The authors also offer useful strategies for talking about death in the context of different school lessons, in order to prepare pupils of all ages. The various chapters are each clearly labelled with suggested age-ranges for their use, and each has a useful summary of the main points covered. The final chapter on grief and mourning covers the crucial topic of how to give newly bereaved children the support they need. This handbook combines factual information with broader suggestions for teachers to use when discussing death with children. Readable and practical, it will be invaluable for teachers who have to broach this sensitive issue within the school environment. Location: Wilson Library BF723.D3 J33x 2002
    • Using literature to help troubled teenagers cope with end-of-life issues
      Losing a loved one is a scary and confusing experience for teenagers, but one that can be made easier through the use of literature and informed mentoring from a caring adult. This teacher-friendly reference resource and bibliography provides tools for those who work with young adults to help them come to terms with the grieving process. Literacy experts and counseling professionals are innovatively paired in each chapter to explore specific types of loss and ways in which professionals can help students understand their feelings by reading about those in similar situations. This original approach encourages young people to cope with their losses while improving their literacy skills. Location: Wilson Library BF724.3.G73 U85 2002
  • Internet Resources
    • Information about children and grief
      Text adapted with permission from Life and Loss: A Guide to Help Grieving Children, Breaking the Silence: A Guide To Help Children With Complicated Grief: Suicide, Homicide, AIDS, Violence, and Abuse and Helping The Grieving Child in the School Healing Magazine (Kidspeace)and Growing Up Fast (NES).
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Death & Grief in the Hmong Community
  • Books
    • Death and dying in ethnic America : a research study

      Death and dying in ethnic America: findings in Eritrean, Oromo, and Somali communities / Naima R.Z. Solomon -- Death and dying in ethnic America: findings in Lao Lum, Khmu, Hmong, Khmer, and Cham communities / Jean M. Langford. Location: Bio-Medical Library BF789.D4 D28365 2000

  • Internet Resources
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Dying / Hospice / Palliative Care
  • Association, Organization, Societies
    • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
      AAHPM is an organization of physicians and other medical professionals dedicated to excellence in palliative medicine, the prevention and relief of suffering among patients and families by providing education and clinical practice standards, fostering research, facilitating personal and professional development of its members, and by public policy advocacy.
    • American Hospice Foundation
      The American Hospice Foundation supports programs that serve the needs of terminally ill and grieving individuals of all ages. Articles, links, resources.
    • Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
      The purpose of the HPNA is to exchange information, experiences, and ideas; to promote understanding of the specialties of hospice and palliative nursing; and to study and promote hospice and palliative nursing research.
    • Hospice Association of America
      The Hospice Association of America (HAA) is a national organization representing more than 2,800 hospices and thousands of caregivers and volunteers who serve terminally ill patients and their families.
    • Hospice Foundation of America
      Provides leadership in the development and application of hospice and its philosophy of care with the goal of enhancing the American health care system and the role of hospice within it. Articles, links & resources.
    • Hospice Minnesota
      Hospice Minnesota serves as a resource for the general public and consumers by providing information about hospice care and access to hospice programs
    • Last Acts

      In 2005, Last Acts"”a highly acclaimed Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national program"”came to a close. The program's Web site,, ceased publication at the same time.Much of the content of the Last Acts Web site is archived here.

      Last Acts created a wealth of useful Web content"”for health care consumers, health-care practitioners, policy-makers and employers. In the pages that follow, we present a selection of Last Acts editorial content. The articles appear here much as they appeared on the Last Acts Web site, occasionally with some editing or abridgement to conform to Robert Wood Johnson Foundation editorial requirements. The articles are presented primarily for their historical interest, to illustrate the depth of the Foundation's long commitment to quality end-of-life care. Many of the articles remain current, but readers are advised that some of the information could be dated. Last Acts is a national coalition of organizations engaged in an unprecedented education campaign to improve care for people who are dying and their families. Last Acts serves as a clearinghouse for sharing information and ideas at the national, state and local levels.

    • National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
      Largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.
  • Books
    • --And a time to die: how American hospitals shape the end of life.
      Pt. I. The Predicatment: Death becomes a new kind of problem. Death and hospital culture -- Death in life: The "person" and the experience of dying -- Pt. II. The Hospital system: Time and the power of the pathway. Transforming time: from deathwatch to billable treatments -- Moving things along -- Waiting -- Pt. III. The Politics and rhetoric of the patient’s condition. "Suffering", "Dignity," and the "Quality of Life". Death by design -- Life Support -- Hidden places: the zone of indistinction as a way of life -- Culture in the making. Location: Bio-Medical Library BF789.D4 K21a 2005
    • Handbook for mortals : guidance for people facing serious illness
      Handbook for Mortals is warmly addressed to all those who wish to approach the final years of life with greater awareness of what to expect and greater confidence about how to make the end of our lives a time of growth, comfort, and meaningful reflection. Written by Dr. Joanne Lynn and a team of expert physicians, this book provides equal measures of practical information and wise counsel. Readers will learn what decisions they will need to face, what choices are available to them, where to look for help, how to ease pain and other symptoms, what to expect with specific diseases, how the health-care system operates, and how the entire experience affects dying persons, their families, and their friends. Such practical information is indispensable. But equally important are the personal stories included here of how people have come to terms with dying, how they have faced their fears and made their choices. Location: Bio-Medical Library Reference (Consumer Health) WB310 H236 1999 (Non-circulating)
    • Handbook of palliative care
      Location: Bio-Medical Library WB39 H23653 2005
  • Journals
    • BMC Palliative Care
      BMC Palliative Care publishes original research articles in the clinical, scientific, ethical and policy issues, local and international, regarding all aspects of hospice and palliative care for the dying and for those with profound suffering related to chronic illness. BMC Palliative Care (ISSN 1472-684X) is indexed/tracked/covered by PubMed, CAS, Scopus, EMBASE and Google Scholar.
    • Hospice journal
      v. 1-15 (1985-2001). Merged with Journal of pharmaceutical care in pain & symptom control to form Journal of pain & palliative care pharmacotherapy.
    • Palliative medicine
      v. 3- (1989- ) Location: Bio-Medical Library stack no. 190. Also available online.
  • Internet Resources
    • Before I Die: Medical Care & Personal Choices
      (PBS) Premiered on April 22, 1997. The program explores the medical, ethical, and social issues surrounding end-of-life care in America today. This Web companion piece features original reporting (REAL LIFE STORIES, SIDEBARS) by health writer Janet Firshein, 1995 Kaiser Media Fellow.
    • Facts on Dying: Policy relevant data on care at the end of life
      The Brown University Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is engaged in a five-year research effort to use both existing and new data collections to describe the dying experience in the United States of America utilizing maps which display geographical data about quality of end-of-life care. State profiles, maps, tables and other statistical information
    • Finding our way: living with dying in America
      Finding Our Way: Living with Dying in America, a fifteen-week series published in 160 newspapers across the country during the fall of 2001 was read by over 2 million people. The series was distributed by Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.
      Growth House, Inc., provides a portal to resources for life-threatening illness and end of life care. Their primary mission is to improve the quality of compassionate care for people who are dying through public education and global professional collaboration. The hypertext topic pages explain major issues in hospice and home care, palliative care, pain management, grief, death with dignity, and quality improvement. Offer comprehensive guides to heart failure, cancer and AIDS, including a regional directory of AIDS sites for the Pacific Rim.
    • HospiceNet
      Directory to hospice & palliative care Internet links,covering both services and information for caregivers
    • On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying
      PBS. Bill Moyers goes from the bedsides of the dying to the front lines of a movement to improve end-of-life care in ON OUR OWN TERMS. Audio & video clips, discussion forum transscripts, articles, discussion guide and other resources.
      • On our own terms: Moyers on dying [videorecording]
        4 videocassettes. Location: Bio-Medical Library WB310 O58 2000
    • TIME: Toolkit of Instruments to Measure End-of-Life Care
      A fundamental barrier in the quality of care at the end of life is the lack of measurement tools. These measurement tools should identify opportunities for improving medical care, examining the impact of interventions or demonstration programs, and holding institutions accountable for their quality of care. The Toolkit takes steps toward crossing this measurement barrier by creating patient-focused, family-centered survey instruments that address the needs and concerns of patients and their families, as defined by them.
    • With Eyes Open
      PBS. KQED presents four half-hour companion shows: honest discussions about caregiving, grief, difficult decisions and what may lie beyond death. Hosted by veteran journalist, Ray Suarez, these programs invite viewers to look at the end of life With Eyes Open, and by doing so make their lives more meaningful. Includes discussion forums, transcripts, program guides, teacher guides and other resources.
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Organ Donation
  • Assocations, Organizations, Societies
    • Association of Organ Procurement Organizations (AOPO)
      AOPO has developed organizational and ethical standards for Organ Procurement Organizations (OPOs), offering a voluntary accreditation program to its members. This peer review process, conducted on-site, helps assure compliance with federal regulations as well as AOPO standards. The period of accreditation is three years, after which the OPO must meet reaccreditation conditions to maintain its status.
    • Donate Life:
      The official U.S. Government web site for organ and tissue donation and transplantation,, is maintained by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Healthcare Systems Bureau (HSB), Division of Transplantation, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human.
    • International Association for Organ Donation
      The International Association for Organ Donation provides dynamic educational and outreach programs and services to the general public, and particularly to vulnerable racial and ethnic minorities ensuring their awareness of the need for organ transplantation and actively securing their commitment to become organ donors.
      the nation's largest nonprofit, full-service organ donation agency and tissue banking system and holds the longest running current accreditation by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).
      A nonprofit educational web site serving the world transplant community. Based at the University of Michigan, TransWeb features news and events, real people's experiences, the top 10 myths about donation, a donation quiz, and a large collection of questions and answers, as well as a reference area with everything from articles to videos.
    • United Network for Organ Sharing
      The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN), is the unified transplant network established by the United States Congress under the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA) of 1984 to be operated by a private, non-profit organization under federal contract. Resources includes fact sheets, patient brochures, policies, calculators and critical pathways for donor management.
      • Data
        UNOS has developed an online database system, called UNetsm, for the collection, storage, analysis and publication of all OPTN data pertaining to the patient waiting list, organ matching, and transplants. Available data reports include national data, regional data, state data, center data, annual reports and data by specific organ
  • Books
    • Caring for donor families before, during and after
      Location: Bio-Medical Library BF575 .G7 M257c 2001
    • The Ethics of organ transplants :the current debate
      Location: Bio-Medical Library WO690 E842 1998
    • Legal and ethical aspects of organ transplantation
      Location: Law Library K3611.T7 P75 2000
    • Transplantation sourcebook :basic consumer health information about organ and tissue transplantation, including physical and financial preparations, procedures and issues relating to specific solid or
      Location: Bio-Medical Library Reference (Consumer Health) WO660 T7723 2002
    • Wrapped in mourning : the gift of life and organ donor family trauma
      Location: Magrath Library BF575.G7 H655 2002
  • Journal Articles
  • Internet Resources
    • The Gift of a Lifetime
      The Gift of a Lifetime is an educational documentary about organ donation, tissue donation and organ transplants in the United States. Sponsored by Coalition on Donation and Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation
    • MedlinePlus: Organ Donation
      MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations.
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Death Education
  • Association, Organization, Societies
    • American Counseling Association
      The American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world's largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings.
    • American Medical Student Association: Interest Group on Death & Dying
      This Interest Group arose in response to medical students' concern that medical school leaves us inadequately prepared to communicate with terminally ill patients, as well as being poorly equipped emotionally to deal with matters of death and dying. Addresses important issues such as physician-assisted suicide and palliative care.
  • Books
    • Good grief : exploring feelings, loss, and death with over elevens and adults : a holistic approach
      Location: Wilson Library Quarto BF723.L68 W37x 1996
    • Grief in school communities : effective support strategies
      Location: Magrath Library BF723.G75 R69 2003
    • Living through loss : a training guide for those supporting people facing loss
      Location: Wilson Library Quarto BF575.G5 J33 1996
    • Planning and managing death issues in the schools : a handbook
      Location: Wilson Library BF723.D3 D44 1995
  • Journals
    • Death education
      v.1-8 (1977-1984) Continued by Death studies. Location: Bio-Medical Library stack no. 57
  • Internet Resources
    • Finding our way: living with dying in America
      This self-paced non-instructor mediated web-based course, based on the Finding Our Way newspaper series, is a collaborative effort with Santa Clara University (SCU), using state of the art web course Prometheus software. The web-based self study course will feature course materials on line, the ability of participants to contribute to online discussions, video streaming using real video and a quiz at the end with an electronically-delivered certificate of completion. Participants will be able to begin and take the course at any time during the year. The course is intended as a resource for all Americans and can be used in adult education centers like the YMCA, YWCA and also serve as a training experience for end-of-life professionals and volunteers in hospice, oncology, long-term care, and nurse’s aides.
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Death of a Pet
  • Association, Organization, Societies
  • Books
    • Crossing the Rubicon : celebrating the human-animal bond in life and death / [compiled by Julie Kaufman].
      Location: TC Veterinary Medical Library SF411.47 .C76x 1999
    • Pet loss and children: establishing a healthy foundation.
      Location: Veterinary Medical Library Compassion Collection SF411.47 .B37 2005
  • Internet Resources
    • Delta Society: the Human-Animal Health Connection
      Delta Society® is an international, non-profit, human service organization with a very unique mission. Uniting millions of Americans who have mental and physical illnesses and disabilities with professionally trained therapy animals and service dogs, Delta Society programs promote human health and well-being through interactions with companion animals. Click on the Pet Loss and Bereavement Link for links to articles, hotlines, counselors, cemeteries and grief websites.
    • Grieving the Loss of A Pet
      Helpguide's mission is to help you understand, prevent, and resolve many of life's challenges. Our goal is to empower you with the knowledge and support you need to take charge of your life and make healthy choices.
    • Pet Loss Support Page
      Extensive list of links to various pet loss resources. Also includes a state-by-state listing of support groups/cemeteries and counselors
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Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Euthanasia / Physician-Assisted Suicide
    • Death with Dignity National Center
      Death With Dignity National Center works with leaders in other states considering Oregon-style laws, as legislatures, medical communities and the public come to understand the law's benefits as well as the choice, control and comfort that the law affords.
    • ERGO: Euthanasia Research & Guidance Organization
      The Euthanasia Research & Guidance Organization (ERGO), a nonprofit educational corporation based in Oregon, USA, was founded in 1993 to improve the quality of background research of assisted dying for persons who are terminally or hopelessly ill and wish to end their suffering. Develops and publishes guidelines - ethical, psychological and legal - for patients and physicians to better prepare them to make life-ending decisions. The organization supplies literature to, and does research for, other right-to-die groups world wide, and also briefs journalists, authors, and graduate students who are coming fresh to the issue.
      Contains articles, position statements, links to organizations both for and against as well as statistical charts and graphs and other information.
    • Hemlock Society
      The Hemlock Society USA is the only nationwide membership organization that promotes access to the full range of end-of-life choices, and offers guidance on advance healthcare directives, living wills, durable powers of attorney and other resources that help people ensure their end-of-life wishes are followed and implemented and that their pain is adequately treated.
    • Patient Rights Council
      Patient Rights Council, formerly known as The International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) educational and research organization It addresses euthanasia, assisted suicide and end-of-life issues from a public policy perspective. Contains articles, fact sheets and other materials.
      • Assisted Suicide: The Continuing Debate
        by Rita L. Marker. Extensively documented article about assisted suicide in the United States through December 2000. Includes initiative, legislative and court developments as well as statistics, background information, etc. (139 Kb)
    • When Death is Sought: Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in the Medical Context
      In May 1994, the New York State Task Force on Life and the Law published a 217 page report titled "When Death Is Sought: Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in the Medical Context". Since this particular issue has received so much public attention, we are making the report available electronically. The report is posted in individual Chapters.
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  • Association, Organization, Societies
    • SAVE: Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
      The organization is comprised mostly of suicide survivors, and people that have suffered from depression. SAVE is committed to the education of the general public about the depressive brain diseases (such as clinical depression and bipolar illness) that can result in suicide if left untreated medically and psychologically.
  • Books
    • Comprehensive Textbook of Suicidology
      Location: TC Wilson Library Quarto RC569 .M37 2000
  • Journals
  • Internet Resources
    • Suicide Reference Library
      A website created, developed and maintained by volunteer members of the Suicide Awareness Support and Education (SASE) group, Parents of Suicides (POS) group, and Friends and Families of Suicides (FFOS) group. Contains articles and reports dealing with awareness, support & education
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Funeral Practices
  • Association, Organization, Societies
    • Internet Cremation Society
      Has a cremation information center -- FAQs, process information, statistics and a state society locator.
  • Books
    • Champion Expanding Encyclopedia of Mortuary Practices
      -- The Champion Expanding Encyclopedia of Mortuary Practices is published and disseminated by the Champion Company to the embalming/funeral service profession and related professions. Current installments are available on the Web as pdf files.
    • Death to Dust: What Happens to Dead Bodies?
      -- Selected excerpts from the second edtion of Kenneth V. Iserson's classic Death to Dust. Includes: decomposition, death investigation factiods, funeral industry jargon and more.
  • Journals
    • Morgue, The
      The Morgue attempts to provide students, scholars and researchers with an on-line tool specifically targeted at the literature in field of Mortuary Science.The database can be searched by subject heading by scrolling through the subjects indexed list. The database can be searched by author's name by scrolling through the authors indexed list. Covers 30 English language journals within the field of Mortuary Science. Years 1997-present (not all journals all years).
      • American Funeral Director
        v.69- (1945- )
        • Location(s): Bio-Medical Library stack no. 13
      • The Director
        v. 18 - (1948 - ) Official organ of: the National Funeral Directors Association. Bio-Medical Library stack no. 60
      • Dodge Magazine
        v.66- (1974- missing some years).Dedicated to professional progress in funeral service." Location: Bio-Medical Library stack no. 60
      • Mortuary Management
        v. 33- (1945- missing some years). Location: Bio-Medical Library stack no. 166.
  • Internet Resources
    • Complying With the Funeral Rule
      Aimed at professionals in the funeral service industry, the Federal Trade Commission defines who in the funeral service profession must follow the Funeral Rule, which was created to protect the interests of consumers needing funeral services or goods.
      Information portal and directory to a variety of funeral service, bereavement, funeral history, religion & culture and pet loss information and links.
    • Grave art: symbolism
      The meaning of various symbols/icons/artwork found on gravestones/memorials. From the Old Cemeteries Society of Victoria
      • Eulogies Honor and Health
        A summary of "A Labour of Love: How to Write an Eulogy" by Gary Schaeffer. Posted by the Rochester Funeral Homes, Rochester, NY
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Traumatic Death
  • Association, Organization, Societies
    • American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress
      A multidisciplinary network of professionals who are committed to the advancement of intervention for survivors of trauma. The Academy aims to identify expertise among professionals, across disciplines, and to provide meaningful standards for those who work regularly with survivors
    • Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.
      Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc., also known as COPS, is a nationwide non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as determined by Federal government criteria
    • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
      Dedicated to trauma treatment, education, research and prevention. Through this organization, professionals share information about the effects of trauma, seeking to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences.
    • National Center for Posttraumatic Stress
      This website is provided as an educational resource concerning PTSD and other enduring consequences of traumatic stress. Covers survivors of trauma & disaster.
    • National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
      The United States Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to remember America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the tax-exempt, nonprofit Foundation has developed and expanded programs to honor our fallen fire heroes and assist their families and coworkers.
    • TAPS: Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc.
      TAPS is a national non-profit organization serving families, friends and military service members who have been affected by a death in the armed services. They offer peer support, crisis response and intervention, grief care and counseling resources, casework assistance, long-term survivor wellness, and community and military outreach.
    • Violent Death Bereavement Society
      Serves as a centralized forum of information and training for service providers of loved ones and family members after violent death
  • Books
    • Breaking the silence : a guide to help children with complicated grief--suicide, homicide, AIDS, violence, and abuse
      Location: Magrath Library Quarto BF723.G75 G64 2002
    • Traumatic and nontraumatic loss and bereavement : clinical theory and practice
      Location: Magrath Library RC455.4.L67 T68 2000
    • Traumatology of grieving : conceptual, theoretical, and treatment foundations
      Traumatology of Grieving focuses on the unique features of death-related post-traumatic stress disorder, its assessment, and treatment. It enables mental health professionals to distinguish between those who are going through the 'normal' grieving process in the aftermath of a traumatic event, and those who are suffering from PTSD. With case examples that draw upon consistent concepts and definitions, and equal attention to scholarly and practical concerns, the book argues that traumatic elements must be worked through first before grief and loss accommodations are achieved. More importantly, the new research and treatment methods presented by the leading experts in the field provide professionals with a valuable guide for understanding and helping those who grieve a loss under traumatic circumstances. Location: Magrath Library RC455.4.L67 T7 1999
  • Journals
    • Traumatology: an electronic journal
      The International Journal of Innovations in the Study of the Traumatic Process and Methods for Reducing, Preventing, and Eliminating Related Human Suffering
  • Internet Resources
    • David Baldwin's Trauma Information Pages
      Focus primarily on emotional trauma and traumatic stress, including PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), whether following individual traumatic experience(s) or a large-scale disaster. The purpose of this site is to provide information for clinicians and researchers in the traumatic-stress field.
    • PILOTS Database
      The PILOTS database is an electronic index to the worldwide literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. It is produced by the National Center for PTSD, and is available to the public on computer systems maintained by Dartmouth College.
    • A Systematic Review of the Literature on Complicated Grief
      The 88 studies analysed in this review were selected because they were evidence based, published in an English-language peer-review journal between 1990 and 2005, and originated in a country with a comparative health system and social and cultural similarities to Australia.
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  • Internet Resources
    • AIDS Bereavement Project of Ontario
      The AIDS Bereavement Project of Ontario (ABPO) collaborates with organizations to build worker, agency and community resiliency in the face of AIDS-related multiple loss and transition. Key Service Areas * Basic Training * Resiliency Initiative * Survive and Thrive * Project SUSTAIN
    • "Helping the AIDS Mourner"
      An Excerpt From Working With AIDS Bereavement: A Comprehensive Approach for Mental Health Providers by Peter B. Goldblum, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Sarah Erickson, Ph.D. pp. 55-90.

      Provided by The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource

    • Palliative Care and HIV
      AIDS Education & Training Centers (AETC) National Resource Center.

      Clinical Manual for Management of the HIV-Infected Adult, 2006 Edition. Chapter 6: Pain and Palliative Care

    • Palliative Care
      Global AIDS Program Technical Strategy: Palliative Care. May 16, 2004.
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Death In Literature
  • Books
    • The American Puritan elegy : a literary and cultural study
      Jeffrey Hammond's study takes an anthropological approach to the most popular form of poetry in early New England - the funeral elegy. Hammond reconstructs the historical, theological and cultural contexts of these poems to demonstrate how they responded to a specific process of mourning defined by Puritan views on death and grief. The elegies emerge, he argues, not as "poems" to be read and appreciated in a postromantic sense, but as performative scripts that consoled readers by shaping their experience of loss in accordance with theological expectation. Locaiton: Wilson Library PS309.E4 H36 2000
    • Angels and absences : child deaths in the nineteenth century
      Real deaths -- Strategies of consolation : the dead child in poetry -- The life and death of Paul Dombey, and other child deaths in Dickens -- Heaven claims its own : child death in nineteenth century fiction, and after -- Sentimentality : for and against. Location: Wilson Library PR468.D42 L47 1997
    • Death and drama in Renaissance England : shades of memory
      Location: Wilson Library PR658.D4 E54 2002
    • Home matters : longing and belonging, nostalgia and mourning in women's fiction
      Location: Wilson Library PS374.D57 H66 2001
    • Speaking grief in English literary culture : Shakespeare to Milton
      Location: Wilson Library PR428.G74 S64 2002
  • Internet Resources
    • A Confession
      by Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1882), distributed by the Christial Classics Ethereal Library, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
    • Death & dying: art, film & literature
      Annotated list from the Literature, Arts and Medicine Database. This Web site is produced and maintained by the Hippocrates Project, the multi-disciplinary development laboratory for application of information technologies to medical education at New York University School of Medicine.
    • Death in the movies
      Some films where death is a major part of the narrative, or where death related issues are explored as part of the thematic element of the film. While this list is only a starting point, the commentaries will show a little of the breadth and diversity of movie representations of death as portrayed in the cinema. From the ThinkQuest: Death: An inquiry into man's mortal weakness
    • The Tibetan Book of the Dead
      Literature and artwork on prayer, ritual, and meditation from the religious traditions of Tibet, India and Nepal. University of Virginia Library online exhibit.
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Internet Resources - General
  • Death: The last taboo
    This online exhibition by the Australian Museum looks at what happens to us after we die; how different cultures dispose of, mourn and remember their dead and takes a remarkable journey through how death has been dealt with through the ages.
  • Death Clock
    To view your Death Clock, simply enter your birth date and sex in the form below and hit the Death Clock button.
  • Grief in a Family Context
    -- Developed by Dr. Kathleen Gilbert from Indiana Unversity, this online course offers information on how families manage loss and grief. Dr. Gilbert covers a variety of bereavement issues, such as chornic grief, ceremonies and rituals, gender and culture, etc. and provides extensive links to additional resources.
  • MEDLINEplus
    MEDLINEplus, a service of the world's largest medical library, the National Library of Medicine. MEDLINEplus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 600 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.
    • Advanced Directives
      Topics include: overviews; specific conditions; related issues; research; organization and law & policy
    • Bereavement
      Topics include: overviews; diagnosis/symptoms; specific conditions; directories; organizations; children; men; seniors; teenagers;
    • End of LIfe Issues
      Topics include: general overviews; coping; research; specific conditions/aspects; dictionaries; law and policy; organizations; statistics; children; seniors and women
    • Hospice Care
      Topics include: overviews; coping; related issues; financial issues; research; clinical trials; dictionaries; directories; organizations; law & policy; statistics; children
    • Organ Donation
      Topics include: overviews; coping; specific conditions; related issues; research; dictionaries; directories; organizations; statistics
  • Self-Help Group Sourcebook Online
    The Self-Help Sourcebook Online is a searchable database that includes information on over 800+ national, international and demonstrational model self-help support groups, ideas for starting groups, and opportunities to link with others to develop needed new national or international groups.
  • Sociology of Death & Dying
    -- This meta-index of death & dying resources includes the following topics: cross-cultural issues; death in the arts and humanities; types of death; life after death; obituaries; memorials; religion; politics; euthanasia and physician assisted suicide; animal rights; grief; funeral customs and planning. It is complied and maintained by Michael C. Kearl, Trinity University.
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Library Resources
  • Bio-Medical Library
    This library serves the areas of dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. It is also the location of World Health Organization publications.
    • Article Indexes
      • America: History and Life Authentication Required
        This index provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Useful subject headings: death and dying; funeral industry; cemeteries; grief; elegies; grave robbing; mourning; burials; mortuary practices; funerals; coffins. Also try keyword/textword searching.
      • Anthropology Plus Authentication Required
        Indexes articles and essays on anthropology and archaeology, including art history, demography, economics, psychology, and religious studies. Useful subject headings: bereavement; mourning customs; grief; funeral rites and ceremonies; postmortem changes; burial; embalming; cremation; mummies.
      • CINAHL (Nursing & Allied Health) Authentication Required
        CINAHL, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health, has a multidisciplinary scope covering nursing, 17 allied health disciplines, biomedicine, and consumer health. Useful subject headings: burial practices; bereavement; grief; death counseling; attitude to death; death; death education; suicide; postmortem care.
      • Family & Society Studies Worldwide
        Covers family science, human ecology, human development and social welfare. Use keyword/phrase searching such as: funeral; burial; mortuary; mourning; bereavement; grief, etc.
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      • OVID MEDLINE Authentication Required
        MEDLINE covers the fields of medicine, public health, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and the preclinical sciences. Useful subject headings: bereavement; grief; attitude to death; death; burial; funeral rites; mortuary practice; embalming; right to die.
      • PILOTS Database
        The PILOTS database is an electronic index to the worldwide literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. It is produced by the National Center for PTSD, and is available to the public on computer systems maintained by Dartmouth College.
      • PsycINFO Authentication Required
        Covers all areas of psychology, including experimental and developmental, communications, social processes and issues, personality, physical and psychological disorders, professional issues, applied psychology, educational psychology, behavioral literature in such related fields as law, business and medicine. Provides bibliographic citations and abstracts to articles from more than 1300 international journals in psychology and related fields. Also indexes books and book chapters. Useful subject headings: death rites; death attitudes;; death education; grief; death anxiety; palliative care; suicide.
      • Sociological Abstracts Authentication Required
        Indexes approximately 2,700 titles in sociology, family, culture, mass phenomena, social problems, social psychology and more. Useful subject headings: greif; death; death riturals; d;ying; burials; cremation; funerals; cemeteries; death attitudes; obituaries; religious rituals; widowhood; ossuaries.
    • Books
        • A Brief History of Death
          As humans, death-its certainty, its inevitability-consumes us. We make it the subject of our literature, our art, our philosophy, and our religion. Our feelings and attitudes toward our mortality and its possible afterlives have evolved greatly from the early days of mankind. Collecting these views in this topical and instructive book, W. M. Spellman considers death and dying from every angle in the Western tradition, exploring how humans understand and come to terms with the end of life. Using the work of archaeologists and paleoanthropologists, Spellman examines how interpreting
          • Location(s): TC Bio-Medical Library General Collection HQ1073 .S64 2014
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        • The consumer's practical guide to funerals, burials & cremation
          Funeral homes & services -- Cemeteries & memorial parks -- Cremation & alternative forms of disposition -- Personalization & practical ideas for memorialization -- Financing & payment -- Available benefits -- Dealing with grief & mourning -- A summary of customs & practices -- A brief history (where & why) -- Available resources -- FTC funeral trade rule -- State regulating boards -- Cemetery laws by state -- Glossary -- Notes/bibliography -- Index -- Personal planning guide.
          • Location(s): Bio-Medical Library GT 3203 E54c 2005
        • Death and the Afterlife : A Cultural Encyclopedia
          This 2000 one-volume encyclopedia provides global coverage of rites and customs.
          • Location(s): TC Wilson Library Quarto GT3150 .T25 2000
        • Death Dictionary
          Includes over 5,500 clinical, legal, literary, and vernacular terms.
          • Location(s): BIO-MED W13 Q7d 1994; WILSON HQ1073 .Q54 1994
        • Death to Dust : What Happens to Dead Bodies?
          Selected excerpts from the second edtion of Kenneth V. Iserson's classic Death to Dust. Includes: decomposition, death investigation factiods, funeral industry jargon and more.
          • Location(s): BIO-MED WT840 I78d 2001
        • Encyclopedia of Death and Dying
          Consolidating and contextualizing the disparate research that has been carried out to date, the Encyclopedia of Death and Dying explores and explains the phenomena of death and dying and related concepts from the varied approaches of disciplines and related professions in the arts, social sciences, humanities, medicine and the sciences.
          • Location(s): MAGRATH Reference HQ1073 .E543 2001
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        • Handbook of Death & Dying
          v. 1. The presence of death. Pt. 1: Death in cultural context -- pt. 2. Death in social context: variants in morality and meaning -- pt. 3. Death and social controversy -- pt. 4. Passing away: dying as social process -- v. 2. The response to death. pt. 5. Funeralization: the social ceremonies of death -- pt. 6. Body disposition -- pt. 7. Thanatological aftermath -- pt. 8. The legalities of death -- pt. 9. The creative imagination and the response to death -- pt. 9. The future of death.
          • Location(s): Bio-Medical Library HQ1073 H236 2003 ; Wilson Library Quarto HQ1073 .H36 2003
        • International handbook of funeral customs
          Outlines the general perspective on death held by the major world religions. Funeral practices in individual countries (organized by region: Asia, Oceania, Africa, Middle East, Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States, North and Central America, South America) are discussed
          • Location(s): BIO-MED GT3150 M434i 1998; WILSON Reference GT3150 .M27 1998
        • Macmillan Encyclopedia of Death and Dying
          "The 327 signed entries, written by scholars and expert care providers, range in length from a few paragraphs to several pages. The focus of the entries is on exploring 'the place of death in contemporary life,' although the encyclopedia also aims to provide a historical perspective of death and dying through the ages."
          • Location(s): TC Bio-Medical Library HQ1073 M167 2003
        • Mortuary Science : A Sourcebook
          Bibliographies, by subject as well as -- 1. Associations and organizations. 2. College and university programs in funeral service education and/or mortuary science. 3. Funeral service state examining boards. 4. Accreditation standards of the American Board of Funeral Servvice Education. 5. Mortuary science periodicals
          • Location(s): BIO-MED ZWA840 S996m 1993
    • Journals
      • PsycARTICLES Authentication Required
        PsycARTILCES Database contains the full text of articles from APA (American Psychological Association) journals and selected EPF (Educational Publishing Foundation) journals, most from 1988 to the present. The articles are provided in HTML format for direct viewing and printing with your web browser.
      • Journal Articles -- E-Free
        • Fear of death.
          Penson RT, Partridge RA, Shah MA, Giansiracusa D, Chabner BA, Lynch TJ Jr. Oncologist 2005 Feb; 10(2):160-9
  • Reference Resources
    • Reference Sources
      Online portal from the University Libraries to dictionaries, encyclopedias, statistics and more.
    • Lesson Plan & Teaching Outline Resources
      • Charting your course : how to prepare to teach more effectively
        Location: Wilson Library LB2331 .P6813 1994
      • How to write and use instructional objectives, 5th ed.
        Location: Magrath Library LB1027.4 .G76 1995
      • Lesson Planning and Lesson Plan Ideas
        Lesson plan section of the ADPRIMA - Toward the Best: Education Information for New Teachers & Education Students. Includes links to such topics as: five common mistakes in writing lesson plans, how to write behavioral objectives and Madeline Hunter's Eight steps (a classic model)
      • Lesson Planning Resources
        Covers such topics as Writing Lesson Plans, Critical Thinking, Instructional Scaffolding, and Hunter's Seven Elements. From Huntington College, Indiana.
      • Syllabus Tutorial
        From the Center for Teaching & Learning Services, University of Minnesota
      • The systematic design of instruction, 4th ed.
        Location: Wilson Library Quarto LB1028.35 .D53 1996b
    • Writing Guides & Resources
      • Scientific Writing 2.0 A Reader and Writer's Guide
        Concisely covers all aspects of science writing, from choosing a title to acknowledgements and references: submission strategies; other forms of science writing (book reviews, theses, presentations, posters); English language usage. Location: Bio-Medical Library Reference T11 D247h 1998
        • Location(s):
      • Guide to grammar & writing
        Maintain by Charles Darling, Professor of English at Capital Community College, Hartford CT. Includes sections on words & sentences; paragraphs; essay & research papers; peripheral & PowerPoint. Check the Index to find more "online resources."
      • Writing and presenting your thesis or dissertation
        by S. Joseph Levine, Ph.D., Michigan State University. Guide created to assist graduate students in thinking through the many aspects of crafting, implementing and defending a thesis or dissertation.
      • Writing Guides
        Colorado State University. Includes writing process; types of documents; using sources; researching sources and more.
    • Style Manuals
      • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
        The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) is the style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, educators, and professionals in psychology, sociology, business, economics, nursing, social work, and justice administration.
        • Location(s):
      • Health Professionals Stylebook : Putting Your Language to Work
        Handbook to help the reader write an essay or paper with proper usage and style for the health sciences
        • Location(s): BIO-MED Reference WZ345 F673h 1993
        Check MNCAT Record for Location and Availability
      • Using American Psychological Association (APA) Format (Updated to 5th Edition)
        An APA style workshop from the Purdue Unviersity Online Writing Lab that offers a wealth of information about writing and formatting papers in APA style. It covers the following basic issues: General Format / Referring to the Works of Others in Your Text / Your Reference List / Examples / Notes / Additional Resources
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Research QuickStarts
Research QuickStart provides a list of resources such as books, indexes, websites, libraries and more on a topic.
  • Death and Dying
    the psychological, sociological and physical aspects of death and the dying process.
  • Mortuary Science
    This subject covers: the activities associated with the physical burial of the dead.
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Research Quick Tips
Links to handouts on the Bio-Medical Library webpage. Includes evaluating web sites, primary/secondary/tertiary literature, peer review, search strategies and more.

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Assignment Calculator
Helps create a time-line for papers, essays, speeches, etc.

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QuickStudy: Library Research Guide
QuickStudy comprises eight modules, each of which contains several short lessons (usually a page or more in length). These modules will familiarize you with strategies for approaching research as well as introduce you to some of the computer resources you will use as you research your topic.

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