Getting Started

The library has a large number of subject specific online encyclopedias with exhaustive and well-researched entries written by subject experts. The essays in these encyclopedias and companions are great overviews and they can be very helpful in defining and focusing a topic. All essays include bibliographies that will lead to further sources on a topic.

Encyclopedia of Philosophy
The online 2nd edition of this encyclopedia contains more than 2,100 entries including 1,000 biographical entries on major figures in philosophical thought throughout history. Among the many topics covered are art and aesthetics, epistemology, metaphysics, peace and war, social and political philosophy, feminist thought, and much more.

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Web access to the 10-volume print encyclopedia, published in 1998 with quarterly updates. Note that this encyclopedia uses British spellings, such as 'armoury,' 'colour,' and theatre.'

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

Twentieth-Century European Cultural Theorists, First Series
Twentieth-Century European Cultural Theorists, Second Series 
These volumes are part of the series "Dictionary of Literary Biography." They contain comprehensive biographies of philosophers such as: Althusser, Arendt, Benjamin, Bloch, Gramsci, Habermas, Kracauer, Levi-Strauss, Lukacs, Marcuse, Weber, and many others. 

Finding Books

Library Catalog

Keyword and subject searches in the Library's catalog are good starting points when first exploring a topic. Search results can be narrowed with facets such as topic, language, or format. Facets are located on the right hand side of the results screen.

Book about a topic: Search by subject: "Political Science Philosophy"
Books about a philosopher: Search by subject: "Arendt Hannah"
Books by a philosopher: Search by author: "Strauss Leo"
Find related books? Click on one of the book titles and note the subject links to related books.
Use Boolean statements to combine topics: Descartes and Cogito
Use quotation marks for phrases.
Search Advanced Search to combine topics.

E-Z Borrow and Interlibrary Loan

Use either service to obtain books from other libraries; Interlibrary loan for journal articles. (There is no charge for this service.)

May take up to 5 to 7 days: Be sure to plan ahead. 



Finding Scholarly Journal Articles

Below is a selection of databases that will lead you to peer-reviewed journal articles.

Academic OneFile
A premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. Most articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text. Includes full-text coverage of the New York Times back to 1995.

Philosopher's Index
The Philosopher's Index is a bibliographic database with informative, author-written abstracts covering scholarly research in all areas of philosophy. The literature covered goes back to 1940 and includes journal articles, books, book chapters such as contributions to an anthology, and book reviews. The Philosopher's Index monitors over 550 journals from more than 40 countries.

Sociological Abstracts
Covers scholarly journals in the field of sociology.

Humanities Full Text
Indexes and abstracts articles in more than 300 periodicals in archaeology, art, classics, film, folklore, journalism, linguistics, music, the performing arts, philosophy, reliogion, world history, and world literature.

Social Sciences Full Text
Index to international, English language journals in psychology, sociology, anthropology, geography, economics, political science, and law.

A searchable and browsable archive of full-text core journals in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics.

How can I get this article? findit.gif is the key.

Some entries have full text via the database. For others, click on FindIt to determine if there are online links to the article; if it is in a journal the library subscribes to (Library catalog); or if you need to use Interlibrary Loan / Iliad - to obtain the article.


Citing Your Sources

Research and Documentation Online

Chicago Manual of Style Online
The 16th edition of the standard style manual used by writers and editors of scholarly books and journals.

Need more information?

Go to the Philosophy Subject Guide for articles, encyclopedias, biographies, reviews, primary sources and more...