About the Ethics Education Library

The Ethics Education Library seeks to help connect people interested in developing new and interesting ethics training methods and programs, to disseminate best practices and tools that have already been developed, and to ultimately foster the creation of new methods and programs for teaching students about ethical issues inherent in research and practice. We work closely with the staff of the Online Ethics Center of the National Academy of Engineering in the development of this resource.

The purpose of the Ethics Education Center is to act as a kind of clearinghouse of materials on ethics education. This includes pedagogical articles and books, examples of how instructors and institutions have developed methods and programs for teaching ethics, as well as ethics case studies, readings on the responsible conduct of research, and other supplemental materials. Please contact us if you would like us to add your own publications, syllabi or case studies to our collection.

Selection of Material

The Ethics Education Library collects materials focusing on the teaching of applied and professional ethics. All materials included in the site are reviewed by the librarian of the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at the Illinois Institute of Technology before being included in the database. Many of the articles and material come from scholarly journals, such as Science and Engineering Ethics and Accountability in Research education conference papers, and educational materials, such as syllabi and case studies, developed by leaders in the ethics education community.

The Ethics Education Library can be roughly divided into two main sections:

The Case Study Collection includes cases and commentaries held in the Online Ethics Center Collection, as well as quality cases developed by other organizations and institutions. Each case in the library is indexed by discipline or field, the general audience-level of the case (pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, post-doc), and the ethical subjects covered in the case, as well as by author and title. All cases include a link to their location on the web, and in some instances a full-text of the case in PDF form.

The EEL database also includes records of hundreds of journal articles, conference and workshop reports, and other seminal literature on teaching ethics in all areas of science, engineering, the social sciences, as well as the arts and humanities. These are all searchable by discipline, subject area, title and author. We are in the process of working with a number of authors and institutions to allow us to include the full-text of these materials in the database. In the meantime, you can locate much of this material through your university library or by contacting the Ethics Center Librarian at cseplibrary@iit.edu.

A list of journals routinely indexed by the EEL is available here.

History of the Project

The Ethics Education Library is in part a response to a new mandate put out in the America COMPETES Act of 2007 which requires:
"...each institution that applies for financial assistance from the Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project." (H.R. 2722, Section 7009)

The Ethics Education Library is part of a collaborative project between the Center for Ethics, Engineering and Society at the National Academy of Engineering and the Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions at the Illinois Institute of Technology to develop a series of web resource for Principal Investigators (PIs) and university administrators looking to incorporate an ethics component in National Science Foundation grant proposals. The development of Ethics Education Library is being made possible through a generous grant from the National Science Foundation.

The second focus of this project is the redesign and expansion of the Online Ethics Center of the National Academy of Engineering, an extensive web resource focusing on ethical issues that arise in engineering practice and research. Begun in 1997, the Online Ethics Center continues to be the premier web resource on engineering ethics. It now includes a new Education section that provides curriculum ideas and teaching advice for incorporating ethics into programs and classrooms at the university and pre-college level. All case studies and ethics education essays located in the Online Ethics Center can be reached through a search of the Ethics Education Library.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments about the Ethics Education Library, or would like to recommend materials that you would like to see included in the database, please contact:

Kelly Laas Librarian Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions Illinois Institute of Technology laas@iit.edu (312) 567-6913