Media Ethics

Ethics: Select definitions

  • "Ethics." International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Ed. William A. Darity, Jr. 2nd ed. Vol. 2. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2008. 632-633. Gale Virtual Reference Library. 
  • Gill, David W. "Business Ethics." Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics. Ed. Carl Mitcham. Vol. 1. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2005. 272-281. Gale Virtual Reference Library. 
  • Nagel, Thomas. "Ethics." Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Ed. Donald M. Borchert. 2nd ed. Vol. 3. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2006. 379-394. Gale Virtual Reference Library. 

News searching

Ethics, Laws, Regulations
Company, CEO, leader, executive
Media, Entertainment, Television, Radio, Journalism, Internet

Sample strategy:
(ethic* or law or regulation) AND (decision) AND (company OR executive OR CEO OR business OR leader) AND (media OR entertainment OR television OR radio OR journalism OR Internet)

  • LexisNexis Academic
    Full-text access to continuously updated news, law, and business information. Highlights: News: newswires, transcripts, regional, national/international news, & Gallup Polls; Legal: law review articles, federal case law, and federal/state codes; Business: company profiles, country profiles, and SEC filings; People: directories from the entertainment industry, elected officials, executives, politicians, and obituaries.  Also has a section that includes full-text of several health newsletters and abstracts of articles in major medical journals.
  • Newspaper Source
    Provides access to both national and international newspapers, and contains abstracts and indexing from the following papers (cover to cover): the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, and USA Today. Abstracting and indexing for all titles and full text for the Christian Science Monitor begins 1/1/95. Coverage includes everything except obituaries (exclusive of famous people), sports tables, ads/classifieds, stock prices, and weather. Additional data provided by Knight-Ridder/Tribune Business News: full text articles from 105 contributor newspapers. Additional data also provided by Knight-Ridder/Tribune News Service: full text articles from 40 contributor newspapers. Total coverage includes over 500,000 articles.
  • US Newsstream  National, regional, news wires, transcripts and the Ithaca Journal
  • National Newspapers Premier (ProQuest)
  • National Newspaper Index
    National Newspaper Index provides quick access to the indexing of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. (GALE)

Books (selected titles)

  • The handbook of communication ethics
    P94 .H353 2011
     Cheney, May & Munshi. New York: Routledge, 2011.
  • Handbook of Global Communication and Media Ethics
    Chichester, West Sussex, U.K. ; Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011. E-book (2 v. (xxi, 1002 p.)) : ill. available as one online resource.
  • Roy L Moore,Advertising and public relations law (2nd ed. 2011). Contents: Chapter 1 The First Amendment; Chapter 2 The Development of the Commercial Speech Doctrine; Chapter 3 Public Interest Information as Commercial Speech; Chapter 4 Defamation, Product Disparagement and Related Torts; Chapter 5 Invasion of Privacy: False Light, Private Facts, Intrusion and Other Related Torts; Chapter 6 Invasion of Privacy: Misappropriation and Right of Publicity; Chapter 7 Copyright; Chapter 8 Patents and Trademarks; Chapter 9 Other Ways to Protect "Ideas"
Media Ethics: Business ethics and integrity: Subjects (includes print and ebooks):

Media Law: Government Sources

Government Documents
  • FDsys (GPO's Federal Digital System)
    The Government Printing Office's (GPO) Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides public access to government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies. Search or browse  for documents and publications.  Use the Advance Search form to search by date or specific publication title (Congressional Record, Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, Bills, Hearings, the United States Code, etc.). Fulltext primary source documents are available in both PDF (downloadable) and XML formats.
  • United States Government Manual
    Provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. Also includes information on quasi-official agencies, international organizations in which the United States participates, and boards, commissions, and committees.   United States Government Manual REF JK421 .A3
    Provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. Also includes information on quasi-official agencies, international organizations in which the United States participates, and boards, commissions, and committees.  
    Contains United States legistative information.  It plans to replace  There is currently a chart comparing of coverage dates between the two sources.
Legislative Judicial
  • Supreme Court of the United States
    The official website of the Supreme Court provides recent and pending case opinions, the current calendar, oral argument transcripts and a docket database. Go to Oral Arguments > Argument Transcripts for transcripts. Go to Opinions > Bound Volumes to browse the U.S. Reports. Slip opinions are also available.
International Reports

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Article Quick Search: sample searches

Here are sample search strategies for discovering articles on media and professional ethics.  Narrow them using the left menu of the EBSCO interface or by adding an additional keyword:


It is best to use an aggregated database (as above) when searching for articles.  Yet, you can browse the current contents or set up alerts to journals that discuss media ethics. Here is a selection: