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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 College students

Web Site Links    

Assisted suicide
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)

Euthanasia : 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-provoking essays, written by scholars of philosophy and religion.

Euthanasia and End-of-Life Decisions
University of San Diego Web portal that includes multimedia resource on euthanasia ; Internet resources on euthanasia including legal decision ; real Player videos concerning euthanasia ; statistical information ; on-line full text articles relating to euthanasia ; and a bibliographical survey of selected philosophical literature on euthanasia.

Euthanasia 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.
This  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 religions information.  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 credibility scale.

Learn 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 to Die.'

Voluntary Euthanasia
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.

Online Databases (Rio Hondo Students only)   

Issue & Controversies @
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.

Reference Books

The debatabase book : a must-have guide for successful debate
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

Assisted suicide--Law and legislation



Euthanasia--Law and legislation

Palliative treatment

Right to die

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.

The 6 sample searches below are from the ProQuest database.  Use Advanced Search and type each term in a separate box:

    1.  (SUB (euthanasia)) [from Peer-Reviewed Journals]
    2.  (SUB (euthanasia) and SUB (ethics) )
    3.  (SUB (euthanasia) and against )
    4.  (SUB (assisted suicide) and legaliz* )
    5.  (SUB (assisted suicide) and terminally ill )
    6.  ("Death with Dignity Act")

Researched and evaluated by:
E. Ball, Librarian 3/1998
last update: M. Carrillo, Librarian 11/2009

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