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Katherine Chew

This subject covers: the activities associated with the physical burial of the dead.

Article Databases and Indexes

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MEDLINE covers the fields of medicine, public health, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, and the preclinical sciences. Useful subject headings: mortuary practice; burial; embalming; funeral rites; bereavement; grief; death.

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. Also indexes books and book chapters. Useful subject headings: death rites; death attitudes; death education; grief.

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

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; postmortem care; death.

Provides free access to MEDLINE on the Internet. Provided by the National Library of Medicine

Indexes approximately 2,700 titles in sociology, family, culture, mass phenomena, social problems, social psychology and more. Useful subject headings: grief; death; death riturals; dying; burials; cremation; funerals; cemeteries; death attitudes; obituaries; religious riturals; widowhood; ossuaries.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


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

General Reference Sources


Burial terminology: a guide for researchers

Introduction -- Historical background -- The field guide -- Discussion of the classification -- Form of disposal -- Body preparation -- Individuality -- Articulation -- Position -- Deposition -- Orientation, alignment, and facing -- Grave goods or inclusions -- Disposal container -- Features -- Description of disposal area -- Demography -- Excavation -- Data recording.

Death Dictionary

Includes over 5,500 clinical, legal, literary, and vernacular terms.


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.

Concise as well as scholarly articles on a wide range of subjects. Also includes links to related Internet resources, and the Britannica Book of the Year. Search tip: When combining words in search, capitalize AND. For example: revolution AND 1848

Addresses traditional death and dying-related topics, focusing on the human experience. Includes the complex cultural beliefs and traditions and the institutionalized social rituals that surround dying and death, as well as the array of emotional responses relating to bereavement, grieving, and mourning.

"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."


Funeral customs of the world : a comprehensive guide to practices and traditions

Asia -- Oceania -- Africa -- Middle East -- Europe -- Commonwealth of Independent States -- North and Central America -- South America.

Handbooks and Manuals

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

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.

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.

Summary: "If ever there was an area requiring that the research-practice gap be bridged, surely it occurs where thanatologists engage with people dealing with human mortality and loss. The field of thanatology - the study of death and dying - is a complex, multidisciplinary area that encompases the range of human experiences, emotions, expectations, and realities. The Handbook of Thanatology is the most authoritative volume in the field, providing a single source of up-to-date scholarship, research, and practice implications. The handbook is the recommended resource for preparation for the prestigious certificate in thanatology (CT) and fellow in thanatology (FT) credentials, which are administered and granted by ADEC"-- "The Handbook of Thanatology is the most authoritative volume in the field, providing a single source of up-to-date scholarship, research, and practice implications. The handbook is the recommended resource for preparation for the prestigious certificate in thanatology (CT) and fellow in thanatology (FT) credentials, which are administered and granted by ADEC"--

Internet Resources

Web Sites

-- An interactive ThinkQuest site that explores the topic of death: from causes; coping with death to the finality of death & the uncertainty that follows.

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.

-- 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.

Multimedia Materials

Image Resources

The world's most detailed 3D model of human anatomy available online created by Primal Pictures. Includes features such as interactive zoom, rotation, angle, interactive layers, extensive text, MRI, clinical slides and xrays, live action movies, animations, radiology slides, dissection videos and slides, surface anatomy videos and slides. Focuses on muscles, ligaments, nerves, veins, arteries, bones.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Style Manuals

<i>APA Style Guide to Electronic References</i>

Published in 2007, this guide includes APA's latest rules for how to reference electronic sources.

<i>Writing for the health professions</i>

1. Phase one of the writing process: from idea to draft -- 2. Phase two of the writing process: developing precise sentences -- 3. Phase three of the writing process: using precise words and developing a professional style -- 4. Phase four of the writing process: creating essays that flow -- 5. Phases five and six of the writing process: editing and proofreading -- 6. Expository writing -- 7. Writing the argument -- 8. Writing to inform: the research paper -- 9. Writing the thesis -- 10. Writing for publication -- 11. Documentation -- 12. The business of writing.

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.

Writing Guides

Contents Research, researchers, and readers -- Prologue: Becoming a researcher -- Thinking in print: Uses of research, public and private -- Connecting with your reader: (Re-)creating yourself and your audience -- Asking questions, finding answers -- Prologue: Planning your project - an overview -- From topics to questions -- From questions to a problem -- From problems to sources -- Engaging sources -- Making a claim and supporting it -- Prologue: Assembling a research argument -- Making good arguments: Overview -- Making claims -- Assembling reasons and evidence -- Acknowledgments and responses -- Warrants -- Planning, drafting, and revising -- Prologue: Planning again -- Planning -- Drafting your report -- Revising your organization and argument -- Communicating evidence visually -- Introductions and conclusions-- Revising style: Telling your story clearly -- Some last considerations.

The book helps scientists write papers for scientific journals. Using the key parts of typical scientific papers (Title, Abstract, Introduction, Visuals, Structure, and Conclusions), it shows through numerous examples, how to achieve the essential qualities required in scientific writing, namely being clear, concise, convincing, fluid, interesting, and organized.

Library Information

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