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WHSL Bioethics: Journals and Articles

Finding electronic journals and electronic books

Click on the link below to open a search box where you can enter the title, or part of the title, of the journal you need. This is not for finding articles on a subject, but only for locating a particular journal when you know the title, or part of the title. 

Click on the e-books tab to search for electronic books by title.

 Please select one of the following options, from the drop down list. 

Starts with (this is the default)

  • Match all words (enter the full journal title)
  • Match exact words (enter the words exactly as they appear in the journal title)
  • Match any words (enter any words that may appear in the journal title) 

For subject searching, you need to go to one of the databases such as PubMed.

Please note that if there are errors in this portal. Please report these by email here. We apologise for this, and we will be working on fixing these. 

Finding Print at WHSL

Remember we also have print journals that can be found on the catalogue.

Most journals at WHSL are now only available electronically. However, some of the older journals are only available in print. In order to find out if WHSL has a journal, first check for it by using the e-journal finder in the box above. However, if the journal you want is not available elctronically, then check the catalogue for print holdings. Make sure that you change the drop down menu from Keyword to Journal Title before searching.

Note the LOCATION of the title you want. The Witwatersrand Health Sciences Library (location code WHSL) is at the Medical School on the entry level (Level 4) on the Parktown Campus. 

Then note the SHELF NUMBER of the journal. This is the "address" at which the journal is physically housed on the shelves. Note: this location number may be different in different libraries, depending on which classification system is used.

Finally, note the STATUS of the volume and/or issue you want. The status may be ISSUED (ie. it has been taken out, and the date on which it is due to be returned should be reflected as DUE) or NOT ISSUED (ie. it should be on the shelf).

How to find articles: PubMed

Using Wits Resources from Home

 You will require a Library PIN to access the e-resources from off campus. If you already have a PIN, use this together with your surname and student number to log on to the e-resources. If you do not have a PIN, you need to create one. Use this guide to help you create a PIN.

It's not at Wits....

If the journal article you require is not available either in print or in electronic format at any of Wits Libraries, and you are a post-graduate student, or a member of staff, you may request a copy from another library in South Africa from Inter-Library Loans (ILL). You will be asked to provide your student information and your Library PIN. Please enter as much detail as possible, and submit. You will be contacted once the article arrives if you provide a phone number at which you can be reached during office hours. You may enter this in the column that asks for an amount that you are willing to pay for the article. Please note: there is a nominal charge for all ILLs, depending on from where the article is obtained.

Medical Subject Headings relating to Ethics

Ethics terms which link to PubMed articles. Click on the link to open it in MeSH and then add it to search builder, search and find articles. Alternatively, search on a topic and use the subheading “Ethics” or add the Subject filter: Bioethics.

Bioethical Issues


Codes of Ethics


Conflict of Interest

Ethical Analysis

Ethical Relativism

Ethical Review

Ethical Theory


Ethics, Business

Ethics Committees

Ethics, Institutional

Ethics, Professional

    Ethics, Research




      Principle-Based Ethics

      Professional Misconduct

      Medical Subject Headings relating to Law and Legal Issues

      Terms below link to PubMed articles. Click on the link to open it in MeSH and then add it to search builder, search and find articles. Alternatively, search on a topic and use the subheading "Legislation and Jurisprudence"

      Advance Directives ( Including Living Wills)

      Compensation and Redress

      Confidentiality (including Disclosure, Duty to Warn, and Genetic Privacy)


      Criminal Law

      Duty to Recontact

      Expert Testimony

      Forensic Psychiatry (including Insanity Defense)

      Informed Consent (including Consent Forms, Informed Consent By Minors, Third-Party Consent?


      Intellectual Property (including Copyright, Patents as Topic)

      Judicial Role

      Liability, Legal

      Malpractice (Including Defensive Medicine, Professional Impairment )

      Mandatory Reporting

      Mental Competency


      Presumed Consent

      Resuscitation Orders

      Supreme Court Decisions

      Wills (including Living Wills)

      Wrongful Life