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Simultanous search of ETHMED with the stock of the ZB MED (German National Library of Medicine) – Leibniz Information Centre for Life Sciences.

Simultanous search of ETHMED with the literature database BELIT.

Simoultanous search of ETHMED with the literatur databases of the Inter-connected European information and documentation system for ethics and science: European Ethics Documentation Centre.



ETHMED contains literature references from journal and newspaper articles, textbooks, congress reports, academic theses, court  decisions, legal texts primarily from German-speaking but also from English-speaking countries. For this purpose IDEM analyses the journals of the Göttingen State and University Library (SUB, including GBV), via online and manual search for contributions to medical ethics. This also includes Open Access portals and scientific publications from institutes' websites.

The publications of the database ETHMED are indexed with the MeSH (Medical Subject Headings of the National Library of Medicine, USA) and the European multiligual "Thesaurus Ethics in the Life Sciences", Germany.

Up to 25% of the data sets contain English abstracts of the journals' articles or the tables of contents of books.

Delivery of documents retrieved in ETHMED

Due to European copyright restrictions and international interlibrary lending rules, the Information and Documentation Centre Ethics in Medicine (IDEM) cannot deliver documents directly to end users. If you want to order a document retrieved in ETHMED - as a loan or a full-text copy - please contact the interlibrary lending (ILL) department of your local library.

If your local library does not hold the publications you are looking for, copies of the articles can be ordered either via the portal LIVIVO, which is a service of the German Leibniz Information Centre for Life Sciences in Cologne or via the library delivery service SUBITO. Inter-library loan of books is also possible via this service. For delivery costs of the full texts or books, please refer to the website of the delivery service.

If your computer is connected to a licensed network (e.g. a university network), you can download the electronic version of the article immediately from the publisher free of charge.  Grey literature can sometimes be ordered directly from the publisher and can be downloaded from the Web. Some of the records in the ETHMED database have hypertext links and DOI-Numbers pointing to supplementary information on the Web, such as the abstract or full-text of the document.

Database Details


Type: Literature Database    
Coverage: 1993 to present    
Size: 20.150 (Status 04/2019)    
Update cycle: weekly    
Language: German, English, French