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NLM Technical Bulletin 1998 May-Jun; 302



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Technical Notes - e1

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MLA 1998 [corrected 1998/07/14] - e3

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BIOETHICSLINE Regenerated

The BIOETHICS file was regenerated in mid-April 1998, at the same time that the 9804 (EM) BIOETHICS Update went online. This year's regeneration introduces:

  • Twenty-five 1998 Bioethics Thesaurus Keywords;
  • Two 1998 BIOETHICS Publication Types;
  • 1998 MeSH (as generated by "maps" from Bioethics Thesaurus Keywords);
  • Date formats that accommodate Year 2000 4-digit years for ranging (as well as 2-digit years for direct searches).
New 1998 Keywords and Publication Types
Following is a list of the 25 new 1998 Bioethics Thesaurus Keywords. These are Keyword Descriptors, searchable with either (KW) or (KWD) as a qualifier:

ADVANCE CARE PLANNING
AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS
ASIAN AMERICANS
AUTOEXPERIMENTATION
BLOOD BANKS
CIRCUMCISION
COMPUTER COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
CONTINUING EDUCATION
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
EMPATHY
ETHICS CONSULTATION
GENETIC DETERMINISM
GENETIC DIVERSITY
GENETIC IDENTITY
GIFTS
HEALTH PROMOTION
INSURANCE SELECTION BIAS
KNOWLEDGE, ATTITUDES, PRACTICE
MEDICAL SCHOOLS
NURSE'S ROLE
PARALYSIS
PATIENT DISCHARGE
PATIENT EDUCATION
PRINCIPLE-BASED ETHICS
SCHOOLS
The new BIOETHICS 1998 Publication Types (PT) are:

BOOK REVIEWS
REVIEW LITERATURE

Note that, unlike the pattern with MeSH indexing, most new Keyword Descriptors introduced into the Bioethics Thesaurus have previously been used as Keyword Proposed Descriptors (KW or KWP). They will, therefore, retrieve records indexed in earlier years if searched with the qualifier (KW).

1998 Keyword Annotations Available on the Web
http://www.georgetown.edu/research/nrcbl/ Annotations for the 1998 Keywords, including explanatory scope notes and cross references to other terms, and scope notes for the 1998 Publication Types, are being made available at the World Wide Web site of the National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature (NRCBL). The WWW address is: http://bioethics.georgetown.edu/nrc/

Visitors to this Web site may also be interested in viewing some of the NRCBL's annotated bibliographies that are currently posted on such topics as eugenics, genetic testing and screening, cloning, and assisted suicide.

The 1998 Keywords are a supplement to the Bioethics Thesaurus, 1997 edition. You may with to annotate the 1997 edition with the new terms to create a consolidated list.

Bioethics Thesaurus, 1997 Edition
The annotated 1997 Edition of the Bioethics Thesaurus is available at this Web site: [This link was removed because it is no longer valid].

This 88-page publication includes cross references to broader, narrower, and related terms for most of the 650+ Keyword Descriptors used in indexing BIOETHICSLINE through 1997. It also includes a "Selected List of 'Major Issue' Keywords," a list of 15 Subject Captions (such as AN for analytical and EM for empirical) that can be useful in limiting searches, a Permuted Keyword Index, and the 1997 annotated list of 29 Publication Types.

Print Order Information for the 1998 Annotated Keywords and Publication Types and 1997 Bioethics Thesaurus
If you would like to order a free copy of the 1998 annotated Keywords and Publication Types or purchase a copy of the 1997 edition of the Bioethics Thesaurus, please contact:

Attn: Kathleen Reynolds
Kennedy Institute of Ethics
Georgetown University, Box 571212
Washington, DC 20057-1212
Phone: 800-MED-ETHX or 202-687-6689
Fax: 202-687-6770
E-mail: medethx@gunet.georgetown.edu

The price for delivery of the 1997 Bioethics Thesaurus via first-class mail in North America is $20 per copy; elsewhere, the airmail price is $25. Orders must be prepaid. Checks should be made payable to the Kennedy Institute of Ethics; charges to MasterCard or VISA are also accepted.

--Tamar Joy Kahn, Senior Bibliographer
Kennedy Institute of Ethics

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