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Library Trial to Maney Publishing Journals

Until June 7, Falvey has a trial subscription to Maney Publishing’s Philosophy, Religion and Theology journal collection. We have access to current issues and backfiles of nineteen journals:


Black Theology

Comparative and Continental Philosophy

Critical Horizons

Journal of Adult Theological Education

Journal of Critical Realism

Journal for the Study of Spirituality

Medieval Mystical Theology

The New Bioethics

Political Theology

Practical Theology


Reformation & Renaissance Review

Rural Theology

Theology & Sexuality

Journal of Chinese Religions


The Linacre Quarterly

Medieval Sermon Studies

Palestine Exploration Quarterly


I’d greatly appreciate any feedback you might have about these. Please send any comments to: I’ll also send around a survey at the end of the trial.



Looking for an Ethics Topic?

By Robert LeBlanc

Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints Resources in Context is a great place to start your ethical research. The Opposing Viewpoints database provides a complete overview of both sides of numerous ethical issues through viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, web site links, geographic maps, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.

The comprehensive search box allows users to search for specific resource types or conduct a keyword search on a wide variety of current social issues. Additionally, users can browse issues which are divided into broad subcategories, such as Law and Politics, Energy and Environmentalism or Health and Medicine, each featuring a long list of discipline-specific topics.

Each topic’s subject page features article links, website lists and “viewpoints,” which are themselves comprehensive, well-referenced resources written by authorities in their field. Additional information about each ethical topic can be cross-referenced in the comprehensive Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics.

The biggest strength of Gale’s Opposing Viewpoints is context: nearly every ethical topic covered in the database is placed in a modern, current context allowing users to integrate their own understanding and experience with the issues they are researching. Current issues such as Fracking, Biofuels and the Arab Spring Movement are all covered in depth and include fresh commentary on these new social controversies. Whether you already have a topic in mind or need a fresh new idea for an academic project, Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a great place to start your ethics paper research.

To navigate to the Opposing Viewpoints in Context database, go to the Databases A-Z link located in the lower left corner of the Falvey Memorial Library homepage, click databases beginning with “O”, and select the Opposing Viewpoints link.

More ethics-related resources can be found at the library’s Ethics Subject Guide (located under the “Guides” tab at the top of the library homepage). If you would like to know more about this resource contact, Rob LeBlanc, First Year Experience and Ethics Liaison Librarian at or 610-51 9-7778.


Ethical Dilemmas in a Brave New World

Eagerly awaited and long overdue, the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics is now available online through the library’s website. Over one hundred new articles address ethical topics which emerged since the publication of the first critically acclaimed edition in 1998. Browsing through the table of contents, the interested reader encounters a brave new world expressed in neologisms such as Savior Siblings, Genetic Exceptionalism, and Open Source Software, terminology which largely did not exist back in 1998. The fields of medical research and practice are well represented throughout the Encyclopedia with a strong emphasis on genetics. Interesting articles in the field of genetics include the new entries on the Human Genome Project, Genetic Ancestry, Genetics & Insurance, and Genetics & Crime. By comparison, the 1998 edition has a single entry on genetics.

Noteworthy among the new entries are articles on the Problem of Evil, Cyborgs, Obesity, Transhumanism, Global Public Goods and the Just War Theory. About thirty entries have been omitted from the new edition of the Encyclopedia. Missing from the new edition are Sexual Harassment, Corporal Punishment and Health Care Financing to name but a few examples. The Library will retain the first edition to ensure continued access to these materials.

The Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics is ideally suited for undergraduate students. Each article delivers a thorough introduction to its topic and concludes with a recommended reading list. Students may also browse the table of contents to generate ideas for topics. Some of the new entries in the Encyclopedia will be of special interest to undergraduate students who grew up with Facebook (Social Networking Sites) and Reality TV. Both topics have been added to the Encyclopedia.

Contributing authors are scholars and practitioners in the field. Each article includes a glossary and cross references which refer the reader to related articles. Articles can be read online, emailed or downloaded as pdf files. Entries include a convenient link to related peer-reviewed journal articles on the Science Direct platform. The new edition of the Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics is available online. Links to the online content can be found in the Library’s catalog as well as on the Ethics Research Guide.

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Last Modified: August 8, 2012