Selected Resources for: Mortuary Science

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Katherine Chew

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

Article Databases and Indexes

* Premier Resources *

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, Academic Search Premier provides full text for thousands of scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications.

LexisNexis Academic is a full text databases of business, legal, and over 1,500 newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. It includes sources for accounting, environmental studies, health and medical care, government and politics, people, consumer information, and countries worldwide. Locate information about companies, including company profiles from Hoovers. Legal publications include federal and state statutes, codes, cases, agency rules & regulations, Shepards Citations service, patent search and other legal reference materials.

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.

Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary


The Encyclopedia of Death and Dying

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

A Brief History of Death

1. Journey beyond -- 2. Partings sweet sorrow -- 3. Removing the dead -- 4. Ecology, death and hope -- 5. Art, literature and music -- 6. Places of memory -- 7. Fear of death -- 8. Purposeful and useless death.

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.

Handbook of thanatology : the essential body of knowledge for the study of death, dying, and bereavement

Contents: Pt. 1. Dying. Culture, socialization, and dying / Charles A. Corr and Donna M. Corr -- Religion, spirituality, and dying / Marcia Lattanzi-Licht -- Historical and contemporary perspectives on dying / Kenneth J. Doka -- Life span issues and dying / Robin Paletti -- The family, larger systems, and dying / Stephen R. Connor -- Ethical and legal issues and dying / Arthur Zuker -- Pt. 2. End-of-life decision making. Culture, socialization, and end-of-life decision making / Andrea C. Walker -- Religion, spirituality, and end-of-life decision making / Richard B. Gilbert -- Historical and contemporary perspectives on end-of-life decision making / James L. Werth, Jr. and Christine Harte -- Life span issues and end-of-life decision making / Andrea C. Walker -- The family, larger systems, and end-of-life decision making / Robyn L. Mowery -- Ethical and legal issues and end-of-life decision making / Arthur Zucker -- Pt. 3. Loss, grief, and mourning. Culture, socialization, and loss, grief, and mourning / Paul C. Rosenblatt -- Religion and spirituality in loss, grief, and mourning / Dennis Klass -- Historical and contemporary perspectives on loss, grief, and mourning / Charles A. Corr and Donna M. Corr -- Life span issues and loss, grief, and mourning part 1: the importance of a developmental context: childhood and adolescence as an example / Kevin Ann Oltjenbruns -- Part 2: adulthood / David E. Balk -- The family, larger systems, and loss, grief, and mourning / Alicia Skinner Cook -- Ethical and legal issues and loss, grief, and mourning / David K. Meagher -- Pt. 4. Assessment and intervention. Culture and socialization in assessment and intervention / Ester R. Shapiro -- Religion, spirituality, and assessment and intervention / Kenneth J. Doka -- Historical and contemporary perspectives on assessment and intervention / John R. Jordan and Robert A. Neimeyer -- Contents: Life span issues and assessment and intervention / David A. Crenshaw -- Assessment and intervention in the family and larger systems / Jennifer L. Matheson -- Ethical and legal issues in assessment and intervention / Jackson P. Rainer -- Pt. 5. Traumatic death. Culture, socialization, and traumatic death / Jeffrey Kauffman -- Religion, spirituality, and traumatic death / Gerry R. Cox -- Historical and contemporary perspectives on traumatic death / Lillian M. Range -- Life span issues and traumatic death / David Lester -- The family, larger systems, and traumatic death / David A. Crenshaw -- Ethical and legal issues in traumatic death / David K. Meagher -- Pt. 6. Death education. Culture, socialization, and death education / Lynne Ann DeSpelder and Albert Strickland -- Religion, spirituality, and death education / Robert G. Stevenson -- Historical and contemporary perspectives on death education / Illene C. Noppe -- The family, larger systems, and death education / Kathleen R. Gilbert and Colleen I. Murray -- Ethical and legal issues and death education / Carla J. Sofka -- Pt. 7. Two overarching indicators within fundamental knowledge of thanatology -- Professional issues and thanatology / Carol Wogrin -- Resources in thanatology / Gordon Thornton, Scarlett Jett and Mary Lou Zanich.

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

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.

SpringerImages is a growing collection of scientific images that spans the scientific, technical and medical fields, including high-quality clinical images from images.MD. Over 50,000 of these images are provided for free to the public from their site.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).

Style Manuals

APA Style Guide to Electronic References

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

Writing for the health professions

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.

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.

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.

How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper.

Pt. I. Some preliminaries. What is scientific writing? -- Historical perspectives -- Approaching a writing project -- What is a scientific paper? -- Ethics in scientific publishing -- Where to submit your manuscript -- Pt. II. Preparing the text. How to prepare the title -- How to list the authors and addresses -- How to prepare the abstract - How to write the introduction -- How to write the materials and methods section --How to write the results -- How to write the discussion -- How to state the acknowledgments -- How to cite the references -- Pt. III. Preparing the tables and figures. How to design effective tables -- How to prepare effective graphs -- How to prepare effective photographys -- Pt. IV. Publishing the paper. Rights and permissions -- How to submit the manuscript -- The review process (how to deal with editors) -- The publishing process (how to deal with proofs) -- Pt. V. Doing other writing for publication. How to write a review paper -- How to write opinion (book reviews, editorials, and letters to the editor) -- How to write a book chapter or a book -- How to write for the public -- Pt. VI. conference communications. How to present a paper orally -- How to prepare a poster -- How to write a conference report -- Pt. VII. Scientific style. Use and misuse of English -- Avoiding jargon -- How and when to use abbreviations -- Writing clearly across cultures and media -- How to write science in English as a foreign language -- Pt. VIII. Other topics in scientific communication. How to write a thesis -- How to prepare a curriculum vitae -- How to prepare grant proposals and progress reports -- How to write a recommendation letter - and how to ask for one -- How to work with the media -- How to provide peer review -- How to seek a scientific-communication career.

Library Information

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