Research Ethics Info

Online Resources

Western University

Research Western – Non-medical Research Ethics Board

Research Western – Research Ethics

Faculty of Education Research Ethics (includes letter of information and consent form templates)


Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans

Panel on Research Ethics (Gov’t. of Canada)

Highlights of TCPS2

TCPS2 Tutorial Course on Research Ethics (CORE)


National Council on Ethics in Human Research

United States

Belmont Report: Ethical Principles and Guidelines for the Protection of Human Subjects of Research

NIH Regulations, Policies and Guidance for Conduct of Research Involving Human Subjects

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Basic Policy for Protection of Human Research Subjects

University of Michigan Sample Templates


European Network of Research Ethics Committees (EUREC)

U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Nuremberg Code: Directives for Human Experimentation

FIMS Graduate Library Resources

Canadian Introductory Resources (for MLIS, MA students):

Kirby, S., Greaves, L., & Reid, C. (2006). Experience research social change: Methods  beyond the mainstream (2nd ed.). Peterborough, ON: Broadview  Press. – Chapter 5: Planning the Project Research Ethics and Preparing the Proposal

Palys, T. S., & Atchison, C. (2008). Research decisions: Quantitative and  qualitative perspectives (4th ed.). Toronto: Thomson Nelson. – Chapter 3: Ethics in Social  Research

Other Introductory Resources (for MLIS, MA  students):

Babbie, E. (2010). The  practice of social research. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. – Chapter 2: The Ethics and  Politics of Social Research

Berg, B. (2009). Qualitative  research methods for the social sciences. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson  Prentice Hall. Chapter 3: Ethical Issues

Connaway, L.S. (2010). Basic research methods for librarians. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. Chapter 3: Selecting the Research Method

Denzin, N.K., & Lincoln, Y.S. (Eds.). (2005). The SAGE handbook of qualitative research.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Marshall, C., & Rossman, G.B. (2006). Designing qualitative research. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Chapter 3: The How of the Study – Building the Research Design

Neuman, W.L. (2000). Social research methods: Qualitative and quantitative approaches. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon. Chapter 5: The Ethics and Politics of Social Research

Pickard, A.J. (2007). Research methods in information. London: Facet. Chapter 6: Ethics in Research

Reynolds, R.A., Woods, R. & Baker, J.D. (2007). Handbook of research on electronic surveys and measurements. Hershey, PA: Idea Group Reference. Chapter12: The Ethics of Online Surveys

Singleton, R.A., & Straits, B.C. (2010). Approaches to social research (5th ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Wimmer, R.D., & Dominick, J. R. (2006). Mass media research: An introduction (8th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. Chapter 3: Research Ethics

Advanced Resources (for PhD students, faculty, researchers):

Locke, L. F., Spirduso, W. W., Silverman, S.J. (2007). Proposals that work: A guide for planning dissertations and grant proposals. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Chapter 2: Doing the Right Thing: The Habit of Truth

Seidman, I. (2006). Interviewing as qualitative research: A guide for researchers in education and  the social sciences (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Teachers College Press. Chapter 5: The Path to Institutional Review Boards and Informed Consent

Western Libraries Resources

Canadian Resources:

Kitchen, H. (2007). Research ethics and the internet: Negotiating Canada’s Tri-Council policy statement. Black Point, NS: Fernwood Publications.

Other Resources:

Barnbaum, D. R. (2001). Research ethics: Text and readings. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Bradford, S., & Cullen, F. (2012). Research and research  methods for youth practitioners. New York, NY: Routledge. Chapter 3: Research Ethics: Participation, Social Difference, and Informed Consent

Buchanan, E. A. (Ed.). (2004). Readings in virtual research ethics: Issues and controversies. Hershey, PA: Information Science.

Gregory, Ian. (2003). Ethics in research. London: Continuum Pub.

Hesse-Biber, S.N., & Leavy, P. (2011). The practice of qualitative research (2nd ed.). Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications. – Chapter 4: The Ethics of Social Research

Iltis, A.S. (Ed.). (2006). Research ethics. New York, NY: Routledge. – Chapter 1: Human Subjects  Research – Chapter 6: Ethics in Behavioural and Social Science Research

Israel, M. & Hay,  I. (2006). Research ethics for social  scientists: Between ethical conduct and regulatory compliance. Thousand  Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

McKee, H. A., & DeVoss, D.N. (Eds.). (2007). Digital writing research: Technologies, methodologies, and ethical issues. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.

McKee, H. A, & Porter, J. E. (2009). The ethics of  Internet research: A rhetorical, case-based process. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Mertens, D. M. & Ginsberg, P. E. (Eds.). (2009). The handbook of social research ethics. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Oliver, P. (2010). The student’s guide to research ethics. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Compiled by FIMS Graduate Resource Centre – March 2012