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FYRS - Winter 2020: Jurs

Research 101

You will not find all the information you need in one place nor will you find it using a single search term. Collect keywords as you search. Use keywords in various combinations to focus your search and refine your results list. Gather information from a wide variety of sources (encyclopedias, journal articles, book chapters, reviews, etc.). Synthesize the information you find to support your thesis. Remember to give credit when using the words or ideas of others.

Featured Books & Articles

Books from the academic realm can provide both breadth and depth on specific subjects.

Other research resources (additional libraries and resources)

Citation Information

Find Scholarly and Trade Articles--Library Databases to Use

Remember to limit to scholarly articles. Depending on your topic, you may wish to use other limits such as date or publication type.

Remember to limit to scholarly articles. Depending on your topic, you may wish to use other limits such as date or publication type.

Alphabetic List--all library databases
Do we have that journal? Check the A-Z list of all journals to find out!

Gather Background Information--Reference Resources

Encyclopedia entries will give you background information on a topic as well as provide timelines, keywords, and the names of important figures related to your topic. Look at the table of contents to get a sense of the organization and use the index in the back to help you find what you need.

News Sources

Course Description: From Limitless to Lucy: Neuroenhancements and other Neuroethical Issues

As the great Dr. Ian Malcolm so eloquently said in Jurassic Park “…your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.” For example, there have been great strides in brain reading research which attempts to identify what a person is thinking based on her/his current neuro activity pattern.  But should we? Shouldn’t our minds be private? What if we could use this to determine if a criminal is lying? Then should it be used?  

This course will focus on several emerging neuroethical issues including: 1) Neuro enhancement: Should we try to build better brains with neuropharmaceuticals?  Students already experiment with this question whenever they consider taking non-prescribed stimulants such as Adderall for the sole purpose of helping them study. 2) Neuroscience and the legal system: How should the court system use neuroscience as evidence? Could it be used to excuse/explain criminal behavior? What are the ramifications of court mandated neuro-interventions (an already established practice). 3) ‘Brain Reading’: Should we use neuro-technology as a polygraph to detect deception? When do we prioritize privacy over scientific advancement?

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Helen Bischoff
Transylvania University Library
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Lexington, KY 40508-1797