The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected
books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject.
The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by
Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically
selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo
Online Databases (RHC Students
Web Site Links
Assisted suicide - information on right-to-die and euthanasia
laws and history. The site advocates for the rights of the
terminal, or hopelessly physically ill, competent adult. Offers some
current articles and definitions concerning euthanasia. Part
of the nonprofit Euthanasia Research & Guidance Organization (ERGO)
Web network. (Update June 12, 2008)
: The Debate Continues
Although these essays were written for a Canadian audience,
they address the issue of euthanasia with great insight and ask the
difficult philosophical and moral question : Is it possible for us
as a society to recognize and assert the fundamental importance of
life while at the same time recognizing and asserting the right of a
terminally ill patient to die with dignity? These are both
excellent, thought-p0rovoking essays, written by scholars of
philosophy and religion.
and Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS)
Excellent Website that speaks about this issue mainly from a
religious perspective, identifying the positions held by the world's
major religions. The site also includes euthanasia laws in the
United States and in other countries.
Euthanasia and End-of-Life Decisions
University of San Diego Web portal that includes multimedia
resources on euthanasia; Internet resources on euthanasia including
legal decisions; Real Player videos concerning euthanasia;
statistics information; on-line full text articles relating to
euthanasia; and a bibliographical survey of selected philosophical
literature on euthanasia.
site provides information and research on euthanasia,
physician-assisted suicide, living wills, and mercy killing. It has
links to numerous related topics, medical, legal, statistical and
Although the site is authored by the Pro-Life Council, it is
a good starting point for research on the topic; it is well
maintained and current. Some of the information is in Spanish.
This site presents in a simple, nonpartisan pro-con format,
responses to the core question "Should euthanasia be legal?"
questions about the topic are divided into issues and sub-issues.
All individuals and organizations quoted are ranked based upon a
More About Euthanasia
The euthanasia research & Guidance Organization (ERGO), a nonprofit
educational corporation based in Oregon, USA, was founded in 1993 to
improve the quality of background research of assisted dying for
persons who are terminally or hopelessly ill and wish to end their
suffering. This page has a section on the chronology of
euthanasia, a glossary of terms and link to Professor Michael C.
Kearl's, from the Department of Sociology & Anthropology at Trinity
University, faculty page under the top tier "Sociology of
Death and Dying," which has a section on 'Euthanasia and the Right
This entry is part of a larger site developed and maintained by the
Philosophy Dept. of Stanford University. The entry for
euthanasia contains excellent definitions and arguments, both pro
and con. There are also links to other essays on this subject.
Databases (Rio Hondo Students only) top
Controversies @ FACTS.com
Has up-to-date, in-depth, and objective information on
prominent and hotly debated issues. Type "euthanasia" in
the search field.
The following books can be located in the
Rio Hondo College Library.
The debatabase book : a must-have guide for successful
Call number: Ref ZA3050.D3945 2007x
Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the
following Library of Congress subject headings:
Assisted suicide--Law and legislation
Euthanasia--Law and legislation
Right to die
Use the box below to search for additional resources in Rio Hondo
The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library,
to be viewed in the Library.
An appointment with death
Call number: Video 000994
Focuses on medically-assisted suicide in Holland, the only nation where euthanasia is openly practiced and condoned, and the impact the Dutch experience may have on the euthanasia debate in the United States.
Death and dying : a conversation with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D.
Call number: Video 000197
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross discusses her work and philosophy, explaining how she handles death in her own family. She also shares her views on euthanasia and death with dignity.
On our own terms : Moyers on dying
Call number: Video 000492 pt. 3
[pt.3] A Death of One's Own : Unravels the complexities underlying
the many choices at the end of life, including the bitter debate
over physician-assisted suicide. Three patients, their families, and
their doctors discuss some of the hardest decisions, including how
to pay for care, what constitutes humane treatment, and how to
balance dying and dignity.
The Rio Hondo College Library
provides online access to full-text articles through our
online databases. Please note: you must be a Rio Hondo College
student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.
sample searches and articles below are from the
ProQuest database. If you are viewing this
subject guide from an on-campus computer, simply click on the
links below. To gain access if you are at home or off-campus,
first click here:
https://rioweb.riohondo.edu/library/. Input your student
ID number and password [your birthdate]. You will see a list of
all the online databases to which you have access. Click on
ProQuest and enter the database. You may conduct your own
searches at this point or come back to this subject guide and
click on any of the links below:
[from Peer-Reviewed Journals]
(SUB (euthanasia) and SUB (ethics) )
(SUB (euthanasia) and against )
(SUB (assisted suicide) and legaliz* )
(SUB (assisted suicide) and terminally ill )
("Death with Dignity Act")
Researched and evaluated by:
E. Ball, Librarian 3/1998
last update: M. Carrillo, Librarian 11/2009