Stem Cell Research

Cultured Mammalian embryonic stem cells.
The Gale Encyclopedia of Science, 2010.

This guide is designed to help you research information about stem cell research. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!
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The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.

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Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • Pluripotent Cells
  • Embryonic Stem Cells
  • Fetal Tissue
  • Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer
  • Cell Therapy
  • Stem Cells and Cancer
  • Stem Cells and Chimera
  • Stem Cells and Controversy

New Books

Fagan, M. B. (2013). Philosophy of Stem Cell Biology: Knowledge in flesh and blood. Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.
Call Number: QH588.S83 F35 2013

Circulating Books

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Fox, C. (2007). Cell of Cells: The Global Race to Capture and Control the Stem Cell. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.
Call Number: QH588 .S83 F69 2007

Bellomo, M. (2006). The Stem Cell Divide: The Facts, The Fiction, and the Fear Driving the Greatest Scientific, Political, and Religious Debate of Our Time. New York, N.Y.: American Management Association.
Call Number: QH588 .S83 B45 2006

Panno, J. (2005). Stem Cell Research: Medical Applications and Ethical Controversy. New York, N.Y.: Facts On File.
Call Number: QH588 .S83 P36 2005

Dewar, E. (2004). The Second Tree: Stem Cells, Clones, Chimeras and Quests for Immortality. New York, N.Y.: Carroll & Graf.
Call Number: QH442 .D483 2004X

Maienschein, J. (2003). Whose View of Life?: Embryos, Cloning, and Stem Cells. Cambridge, M.A.: Harvard University Press.
Call Number: QP277 .M356

Reference Books

Kelly, E. B. (2007). Stem Cells. Westport, C.T.: Greenwood Press.
Call Number: REF QH588 .S83 K45 2007

Nettina, S. M. (Ed.). (2010). Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice. Philadelphia, P.A.: Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Call Number: REF RT51 .B78 2010

Electronic Books


The library has recently added 20,000 online books from the vendor Ebrary. This is the “community college” collection, of interest to students and faculty at 2-year colleges. All books are simultaneously available to all RCC users.

Stem Cell Biology
Marshak, D.R., Gardner, R. L., and Gottlieb, D. (Eds.). (2001). Stem Cell Biology. Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.

Proteus Effect: Stem Cells and Their Promise
Parson, A. B. (2004). The Proteus Effect: Stem Cells and Their Promise. Washington, D.C.: Joseph Henry Press.

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Genetically Yours: Bioinforming, Biopharming and Biofarming
Lim, H. A. (2002). Genetically Yours: Bioinforming, biopharming and biofarming. River Edge, N.J.: World Scientific.


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's periodicals section for articles about stem cells:
  • Scientific American
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • Time Magazine


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over 18,000 full text, peer reviewed articles mentioning "stem cells." Tutorial

Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. This database provides over 8,000 full text, peer reviewed articles mentioning "stem cells."

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a one-stop source for information on today's hottest social issues. Visit this database to gain insight on stem cells from multiple perspectives.

Global Issues in Context

Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. A search for "stem cells" leads to over 7,000 articles in this database.

Science Full Text Select

Science Full Text Select contains access to 320 full text science journals with over 700 articles regarding stem cells and stem cell research.

Streaming Videos
Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand.

Films On Demand

Stem Cells: The Ethical Issues [20 mins.]
Providing a balanced look at a highly contentious issue, this program takes viewers inside the scientific, religious, and philosophical debate over embryonic stem cell research.

Fix Me: Unlocking the Possibilities of Stem Cell Research [52 mins.]
This program follows three people with currently untreatable conditions as they explore the possibility of cures via stem cells.

Web sites
There are many good stem cell web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Cornell University has a very good guide.

International Society for Stem Cell Research
The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) is an independent, nonprofit organization formed in 2002 to foster the exchange of information on stem cell research.

Student Society for Stem Cell Research
The Student Society for Stem Cell Research is an international body of students who believe that stem cell research will revolutionize the field of medicine. It is a sponsored project of the Genetic Policy Institute.

National Institute of Health
This website has information on stem cells that is maintained by the National Institutes of Health and the US government.

Learn.Genetics--University of Utah
This website, maintained by the University of Utah's genetic science learning center, contains easy to understand animations and diagrams about the basics of stem cells.

American Association for the Advancement of Science
Here, the American Association for the Advancement of Science has posted policies and guidelines concerning stem cell research beginning in 1998 when researchers first reported the isolation of human embryonic stem cells.

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style Tutorial
Laguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation style
The Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style Guide
The Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

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Updated on April 28, 2014 by Joy Singletary.