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Welcome to the Polk State College library guide for the research topic of organ donation.  Below you will find suggested books/ebooks and recommended databases. If you need help, click the link for Ask a Librarian.

Organ Donation

As defined by Gruessner (2017) is "the act of giving one or more organs (or parts thereof), without compensation, for transplantation into someone else. Organ donation is a very personal yet complex decision, intertwined with medical, legal, religious, cultural, and ethical issues" (para. 1).

Gruessner, R. (2017, November 21). Organ donation. Encyclopedia Britannica.

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Searching Tips

Searching Tips

Remember to the read any guidelines for your assignment before searching and finding sources. Make sure any articles used match the criteria set by your professor.

Consider the following:

  • Does your source need to be current?
  • Do articles need to be from a peer-reviewed journal?
  • Do you have to have certain types of sources (e.g. ebooks or articles)?
  • Is there minimum or maximum number of sources you need to use?

All these questions can usually be answered by reading your assignment guidelines. If there are specifications (e.g. the articles need to be from peer-reviewed journals) it is a good idea to select those limits when searching.

Starting Search Words

"organ donation"

"organ transplantation" 

"kidney transplant"

"kidney transplantation" 

"living organ donation"

"living donor" 

"organ donor"

"altruistic donor" 

"living kidney donation" 

"nondirected kidney donation"

"nondirected liver donation" 

never-ending altruistic donor (NEAD) chain

To find more results, try combining phrases with OR, for example:

"living donor" OR "organ donor" OR "altruistic donor" 

To compare the nuances between search words, try searching just one word/phrase and then another. For example, search "living kidney donation."  Then, search "nondirected kidney donation." How are the results different? 

Experiment with removing the quotes, as well as different combinations of terms and phrases.

Lastly, think about what aspect of the topic is of interest to you. Are you interested in the ethics of organ donation? If so, you might want to start with these terms: ("organ donation" OR "organ transplantation") AND ethics




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