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documentation may also include laws, regulations, annual reports, hearing material, organization charts, newsletter, official manuals, etc.  It is often desirable to use interviews, questionnaires, surveys or other sampling exercises to support your argument and findings.  Computer searches are relatively easy and will give you access to a starting bibliography for your papers.  Any reference librarian will be happy to show you how to get started.

27.  Personal opinions, allegations, hearsay, naked assertions, (e.g., The department has always been in a mess.... or The deputy director never liked Ms. X) do not constitute acceptable evidence.  The weight of evidence should come from sources such as those referred to in #26 above.

PUAD 700 Ethics Research Websites

Compiled by Prof. Brack Brown

The following sites have been verified as active (August2003) and are considered some of the premier web sources for general ethics research and especially on topics concerning government, public policy, and public administration.  However, due to the volume of sites that could be mentioned, “applied” and “professional” ethics sites have not been listed.  To see what resources are represented there simply type in these terms.  No particular order has been assigned to the sites listed below, but you are urged to browse these sites early in the course to get an idea about how some of them might pertain to the topics that you might chose for your research.  Though I provide you with the best of the web, keep in mind that print books, journals, and  documents are considered basic to your research in this course.

Center for Public Integrity (NGO that conducts ‘investigative’ research and issues reports.)


U.S. Office of Government Ethics (Includes materials for foreign and domestic researchers as well as the standards of Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch).  *For reasons I find puzzling, since 1993 OGE requires you to accept to be tracked when useing their website.


The Josephson Institute of Ethics (Ethics training, seminars, articles, provides news, + guides)


Ethics Updates by Lawrence Hinman (Courses, issues, commentaries, discussions, definitions, seminars – some online video – and topical resources)

http://ethics.acusd.edu/index.html    [This may have been inactived in 1994]

The Kennedy Institute of Ethics (Teaching and research institute, publishes a journal, bioethics)


The Hastings Center (Multi-disciplinary bioethics research center –deals with health care, biotechnology, and the environment)


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