Getting Started

During the early, investigative stage of your research process, it can be very useful to start with reference resources, which provide a general overview of a given topic, as well as references to suggested further readings.

Good reference resources for philosophy include

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. An open-access encyclopedia started by the Stanford University Philosophy Department in 1997. The peer-reviewed entries are continually updated and contain bibliographies.

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Another peer-reviewed philosophy encyclopedia, which contains articles on several distinct aspects of Husserl's philosophy.

Cambridge Companions to Philosophy. The Cambridge Companions series offers specially-commissioned collections of essays which are intended to serve as reference works for an inter-disciplinary audience of students and non-specialists. See especially The Cambridge Companion to Husserl.

Oxford Handbooks to Philosophy. Oxford's Handbooks series features scholarly review articles on many topics in philosophy. Each article reviews the current state of the literature and provides references to further reading.

There are also a few very good reference tools pertaining specifically to Husserl and phenomenology, including

Encyclopedia of Phenomenology. Print encyclopedia edited by Lester Embree and published in 1997. Most entires include lists of suggested further reading.

The New Husserl: A Critical Reader. An example of a general edited collection of essays about Husserl. Accessible in print and online.

The Husserl Dictionary. Dermot Moran and Joseph Cohen's guide to Husserlian concepts and terminology.

Consult the bibliographies of these and other general sources to find promising books and articles on your topic. Books can be found through the library’s catalog, and journal articles can be located with the Journal Finder.


Reliable Forums for Husserl Scholarship

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A great deal of research on Husserl is concentrated in a number of prominent journals and book series. Notable outlets include Analecta Husserliana (book series), Contributions to Phenomenology (book series), Phaenomenologica (book series), Husserl Studies (journal), Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology (journal), Studia Phaenomenologica (journal), Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (journal), and others.

Fortunately, you don’t need to scour the contents of these books and journals directly.




Falvey has an extensive collection of Husserl materials that can be found through the Library Catalog. Much of the work on Husserl is concentrated in B3279.H9, which is located on the lower level of Falvey West Stacks. Browsing the shelves in that section may be helpful to you in finding sources.

For a sense of what else is out there, you can also consult WorldCat. WorldCat helps you find books that the library may not own, but that can be requested through Interlibrary Loan.


Journal Articles


Most articles pertaining to Husserl and phenomenology are listed in the Philosopher’s Index, the major research database for philosophy.

Articles may also be found through PhilPapers and JSTOR.

Tips for searching for articles:

Begin with a broad keyword search, and use the “subject” limiter on the results page to narrow your results to those subject headings.

Keep a running list of keywords and subject headings that work for your topic. Try to think of synonyms or alternatives to keywords that might be less obvious (e.g., try both “eidos” and “essence” in combination with “Husserl”).

When you find an article that seems especially relevant, look through the references to find out about other, closely related papers. If you are using a database that allows it, also look at papers that cite the paper you found.

There is also a new, specialized database for research in phenomenology, called The Open Commons of Phenomenology. This is a web-based tool that covers primary and secondary literature for the entire field of phenomenology, though it is fairly incomplete. Much older content is in the public domain, and can be accessed directly through the site. If you find references to more recent books or articles, look them up in the library catalog, or in the Journal Finder.


Primary Sources


If you want to use texts by Husserl that are not part of your syllabus readings, the library owns many editions and translations of his works.

Husserliana is the standard edition of Husserl's complete works. The sub-series Husserliana - Collected Works contains English translations. Volumes 1-28 can be accessed online at The Open Commons of Phenomenology.

Works by other major phenomenologists can be found through the library catalog.


Citing your Sources


Chicago Manual of Style Online
The 17th edition of the Manual is the most current. The online version includes a Citation Quick Guide. Access to the 16th edition is also available.

MLA Handbook, Eighth Edition
LB2369 .G53 2016 Information desk. For an online overview of MLA style, see The MLA Style Center, or this page at the Purdue Owl.

If you have questions about how to cite a given work, consult the documentation for the citation style you are using, or ask a librarian.