Philosophy: Business Ethics

Introduction
Reference Materials
Electronic Reference Books
Books
Articles
Websites
Materials from Other Libraries
Writing and Style Guides
Help

Introduction

This guide introduces you to some information sources in a variety of physical formats that may be useful during your process of researching topics in Business Ethics.  In most cases, the electronic resources mentioned in this guide are accessible by University of Lethbridge students, faculty and staff from on- and off-campus.  If you have difficulty accessing electronic resources from off-campus, check our Troubeshooting Guide.  For further assistance please consult an Information Services Desk staff member at Ask Us.

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Reference Materials

Use encyclopedias and dictionaries to define important concepts or to gather factual background information pertaining to your research paper topic. The following are selected encyclopedias and dictionaries on Ethics located in the Library's Reference Collection (Level 10 South):

Business ethics : a reference handbook (1998)
HF 5387 D54 1998

Codes of professional responsibility: Ethics standards in business, health and law. 4th ed. (1999)
BJ 1725 C57 1999

The concise encyclopedia of the ethics of new technologies (2001)
TP 248.23 C664 2001

Encyclopedia of applied ethics. 4 vols. (1998)
BJ 63 E525 1998

Encyclopedia of ethics. 4 vols. 2nd ed. (2001)
BJ 63 E52 2001

Encyclopedia of values and ethics (1996)
BJ 63 H47 1996

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Electronic Reference Books

Some encyclopedias and dictionaries in Business and Business Ethics are available online to University of Lethbridge students, faculty and staff.  Follow the link "Click on the following to:" embedded in the catalogue records for these selected electronic reference books to access them online:

The Blackwell encyclopedic dictionary of business ethics (1998)
HF 5387 B55 1998

The Blackwell encyclopedic dictionary of organizational behavior (1995)
HD 58.7 B57 1995

Dictionary of business terms. 3rd ed. (2000)
HF 1001 F78 2000

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Books

Search the Library catalogue to locate books, government documents, audio-visuals, electronic resources, and other non-journal materials in the various Library Collections

Use the catalogue's Author or Title indexes if you wish to locate materials whose authors or titles you already know. 

Use the catalogue's Subject Heading or Keyword indexes if you wish to search for materials on a particular topic published in book, government document, or audio-visual formats:

Consult the catalogue's Help pages for assistance in a variety of areas, including Catalogue Locations, Catalogue Status Messages, and Catalogue Searching.

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Articles

Select printed and electronic indexes/databases covering Business Ethics from the Philosophy Indexes/Databases and the Management Indexes/Databases pages.   Alternatively, you may wish to browse an alphabetical list of the Library's printed and electronic Journal Indexes/Databases covering all subject areas of the University of Lethbridge curriculum.  Some of these indexes and databases cover not only journal articles, but book chapters, government documents, and conference proceedings as well. 

Note that some, but not all, journal Indexes/Databases contain the full-text of journal articles in addition to article citations.  (An article citation usually comprises the article author(s), article title, journal title, publication year, journal volume number, journal issue number, page numbers, and abstract of a given journal article.  An abstract is a brief description of the subject matter of an indexed work such as a journal article or book chapter.)  For example:

Check the library catalogue's Journal TItle index to determine whether the full-text of journal articles you wish to obtain is available in the Library when the full-text is not included in the journal index/database you are using.  For example, the following is a citation for a journal article indexed in the electronic edition of Philosopher's Index as:

The Philosopher's Index (1940-2003/12)
TI: Ethics in the Transnational Corporation; The "Moral Buck" Stops Where?
AU: Dobson,-John
SO: Journal-of-Business-Ethics. Ja 92; 11(1): 21-27.
IS: 0167-4544
AB: This paper addresses two issues. The first issue relates directly totransnational corporations, while the second issue is broader and relates to all diversely held companies. To address the first issue I cite three representative instances where wanton environmental damage has signalled a lack of moral judgment on the part of a transnation corporation. This leads to the second issue. Who should be making ethical decisions within the corporate milieu? I conclude that neither management nor the typical shareholder should be expected to exercise moral judgment because they are not free agents.
DE: BUSINESS-ETHICS; ENVIRONMENT-; ETHICS-; MORALITY-; MULTINATIONAL-CORPORATION
LA: English
DT: Journal-Article
AN: 0228494

Browse issues of the Journal of Business Ethics in the Library's Current Serials Collection on Level 10 East (recent issues, shelved alphabetically by title) or Main Collection on Level 9 South (older issues, shelved by call number: HF 5387 A1 J6)

Browse issues of some Business Ethics journals available to University of Lethbridge students, faculty, and staff only in electronic format:

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Websites

It may be difficult to imagine completing a research assignment or education program today without needing to use at least some Web-based information sources, but how can you distinguish between Web sources that are reputable and trustworthy, and those that are not?

Remember these key points:

Consider the following websites representing fee-free Web-based information sources addressing Business Ethics:

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Materials from Other Libraries

You may wish to search the catalogues of other libraries to identify additional books or audio-visual materials on your Business Ethics research topic. 

The Library will attempt to obtain or acquire copies of research materials (e.g., books, journal articles, videos) not available in the Library that are needed by University of Lethbridge students, faculty and staff.  This service, called Interlibrary Loans, requires that requestors have valid, current Library privileges, and works best if interlibrary loan requests are submitted at least 7 to 10 days in advance of the date by which they are needed.

The Interlibrary Loans: Borrowing Guidelines page provides information on what may be borrowed, by whom, how many requests may be submitted, how long you may have to wait to receive requested materials, and where you may pick up your interlibrary loan requests when they arrive.

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Writing and Style Guides

An important aspect of writing a research paper is properly acknowledging and citing the sources you have used.  Be aware that plagiarism (representing words or ideas belonging to someone else as your own) is an academic offense at the University of Lethbridge.  If your instructor does not prescribe a particular citation style for you to use, you may wish to choose one of the following citation styles commonly used in the humanities and social sciences:

Online guides are available to assist you with some basic information on citing your sources using various style guides.  For detailed information on how to cite specific sources, however, consult the full, printed manual for the citation style you have chosen.

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Help

Help is available if you have difficulty finding or using information sources you require:

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 Content Created: February 18, 2004


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