Bioethics Resources on the Web
Staff of the National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature
Once described as an enormous used book store with volumes stacked on shelves and tables and overflowing onto the floor (Pool, Robert. 1994. Turning an Info-Glut into a Library. Science 266 (7 October): 20-22, p. 20), Internet resources now receive numerous levels of organization, from basic directory listings to elaborate links (crossreferences to other Internet documents) that flash and glow in the dark. In many ways, the Internet functions as a direct extension of the traditional library. Following linked references across various sites is an electronic version of browsing library stacks, and the serendipitous discoveries made while surfing the Net recall the wonders of physically going book-to-book. Although many of the Internet=s best aspects augment library strengths by eliminating physical distance from sources, Net resources pose unique problems for researchers. It is not always clear who is responsible for the content of Web documents, when the document was produced, or how often (if ever) it is updated. Internet resource tools, then, must enable researchers to identify appropriate resources and to evaluate what they find when they get there.
Bioethics Research Library, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University
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