Resources by Subject Philosophy

Reference Sources (Background)
Locating Books
Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)
Film and Video
Evaluating Sources
Citing Sources

Reference Sources (Background)

Oxford Reference Online: Philosophy (current, full text)
Search reference books published by Oxford University Press.

Credo Reference (current, full text)
Over 500 reference books and sets from several publishers covering all subject areas.

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Ref. B51.R68 1998 V.1-10

Key Ideas in Human Thought
Ref. B41.K48 1993

Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy
Presents articles on major and minor figures and on topics of importance to the philosophy of Greek and Roman antiquity.

Companion Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy
Divided into six sections covering the main traditions within Asian thought: Persian; Indian; Buddhist; Chinese; Japanese; and Islamic philosophy.

Locating Books

The Library of Congress Classifications for philosophy are B, BC, BD, and BJ. Browse these sections on the library's second floor for books in this area.

B Philosophy (General)
BC Logic
BD Speculative Philosophy
BJ Ethics

The library's online catalog, providing access to books, journals, music, and movies in the library.

A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide.

Books and articles not owned by our library can be obtained from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Allow sufficient time for processing.  Average turnaround time is 3-5 days for articles and 3-14 days for books, excluding holidays and weekends. Submit ILL requests well in advance of deadlines.

Locating Articles (Databases & Indexes)

Academic Search Complete (1988 to present, some full-text)
Articles from selected popular magazines and scholarly journals in all disciplines.

ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials (some full text; 1908 to present with some older citations)
Index to journal articles, book reviews, and collections of essays in all fields of religion; includes journals on the philosophy of religion and other topics related to philosophy.

OmniFile Full Text Mega (some full text; most 1994 to present, with some 1982 to present)
Articles from scholarly and popular sources in all disciplines.

Project MUSE (generally late 1990s to date)
Full-text database covering over 300 journals in the humanities, arts, and social sciences.

JSTOR (full text; dates vary by journal)
An archive of back issues of over 400 journals in many disciplines.

Humanities International Complete (some full text; dates vary; mostly 1980s to present)
Multidisciplinary database covering all of the humanities including history, religion, philosophy, classics, art, drama, literature, and music.

Religion and Philosophy Collection (some full text; dates vary, most 1960s to present)
Full text and indexing for journals and magazines in religious studies and philosophy.

Once you know which journals you need, search Journals A-Z to see if they are online or in the library.


Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Founded in 1995 as a non-profit organization to provide open access to detailed, scholarly information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy.

Ethics Update
Provides resources and updates on current literature, both popular and professional, that relates to ethics. Edited by Lawrence M. Hinman, Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego.

PhilPapers: online research in philosophy
A comprehensive directory of online philosophical articles and books by academic philosophers.

Noesis: philosophical research online
A limited area search engine for open access, academic philosophy on the Internet.

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations
The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) promotes and supports digital research and teaching across all arts and humanities disciplines.

Evaluating Sources

Primary Sources versus Secondary Sources (R-MC)

Popular Sources versus Scholarly Sources (R-MC)

Evaluating Sources (R-MC)

Critical Evaluation of Resources on the Internet (University of Alberta Libraries)

Citing Sources

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)
Includes information and examples for MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.

KnightCite (Calvin College)
Automatically formats citation information according to MLA, APA, or Chicago styles.

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