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  • Business Source Complete via EBSCO  
    Find articles on topics related to hospital adminsitration here including HIPAA, patient confidentiality and JCAHO.
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  • MEDLINE with Full Text via EBSCO  
    Comprehensive source of full-text articles from more than 1,450 scholarly medical journals.

Reliable Websites


  • Addiction Library
    Addiction Library is part of the Florida Non-Profit, USA Addiction Treatment Partnership.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    The CDC is dedicated to protecting health and promoting quality of life through the prevention and control of disease, injury, and disability. It is committed to programs that reduce the health and economic consequences of the leading causes of death and disability.

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
    A federal government website managed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
  • Cornell University Law School Legal Information
    Governed by the belief that everyone should have free and open access to the law, Cornell University Law School maintains this premier database of U.S. and state laws, case law, Federal regulations.
  • DIRLINE National Library of Medicine
    DIRLINE (Directory of Information Resources Online) is the National Library of Medicine's online database. It includes an "A to Z List of Health Organizations."
  • FindLaw
    Originally developed to market legal services, this cite offers information on a variety of legal topics.
  • Healthline
    Healthline "provides a comprehensive overview of thousands of health conditions for individuals and/or their loved ones and offers a variety of free educational tools. Healthline is HON certified (Health On the Net) and all information has been reviewed for medical accuracy by a physician."
  • HIPAA Privacy Rule Summary
    This is a summary of key elements of the Privacy Rule, including who is covered, what information is protected, and how protected health information can be used and disclosed.
  • Joint Commission (formerly JCAHO)
    An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards. The Joint Commission used to be known as the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
  • MedlinePlus
    MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's website for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it has information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free.

  • MedlinePlus en Español
    MedlinePlus es el sitio web de los Institutos Nacionales de la Salud para pacientes y sus familias y amigos. Producida por la Biblioteca Nacional de Medicina, MedlinePlus le brinda información sobre enfermedades, condiciones y bienestar en un lenguaje fácil de leer. MedlinePlus ofrece información confiable, actualizada en todo momento, en cualquier lugar y de forma gratuita.

  • National Institutes of Health
    The National Institutes of Health is the nation’s medical research agency — supporting scientific studies that turn discovery into health.
  • U. S. National Library of Medicine
    The NLM, on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD, has been a center of information innovation since its founding in 1836. The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection, and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics.


Welcome to the Medical Law and Ethics guide!

For additional research assistance, contact your campus Librarian or Learning Center Coordinator. 

If this guide needs updating, please contact Jeneen LaSee-Willemssen or Suzanne Schriefer.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias



  • Credo eReference Books
    Links to one of our collections of eReference Books. Includes entries from "Collins Dictionary of Law," "Great American Court Cases," "Encyclopedia of Ethics," and "Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary."

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Links to a collection of eReference books. Includes entries from "Encyclopedia of Public Health," "Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine," "Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health," "Encyclopedia of Death and Dying," and "Medicine, Health and Bioethics."

Finding Books About Medical Law and Ethics


Library Catalog

  • Links to our catalog of physical materials (books and media). You can have these sent to your home if you do not live close to a Rasmussen campus. Delivery request instructions here.

eBooks via EBSCO

  • Links to our collection of e-books from EBSCO.  Includes many electronic books with a focus on medical law and ethics issues.


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