Philosophy

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Welcome to the Library Guide for Philosophy

 In the pages of this guide find information about and links to important resources in Philosophy. Use the left menu to navigate.

If you need help:

  • check out the tutorials
  • ask for help at the Information Desk
  • contact me to ask a question or to book a research appointment. 

What are you looking for?

Before you start searching, you should know what you want to find. The type of information you want determines where you look:

  • find books using the Library Catalogue
  • find articles using indexes.

The keywords you select will affect what you find. Plan where you want to search and what terms you will search for. The plan may change as you find results and learn from them.

Course textbooks and Reserve readings are often a great place to start. They provide background reading and often include a bibliography. Check to see what's already available for your course. The list of reference books under "Find Books" may also offer helpful background reading and bibliographies.

Where you look for information in Philosophy depends on what you hope to find. There is no ONE PLACE to search for everything. Information is sometimes "owned" by an organization and you'll need to search a specific database to find it.

We have a set of 3 online tutorials that will get you started with your research: see the links on the left. You should read (or watch) these tutorials before trying to do your research - it will save you time and frustration.

Library Skills Tutorials

There are three basic tutorials you must read, in order to find your way around library research. If you haven't already seen them, take a few minutes now.

For more tutorials, see the Library Tutorials page.

Recent Articles from Philosophy & Social Criticism

Philosophy & Social Criticism is a fully peer reviewed international journal that publishes original research and review articles. It presents original theoretical contributions to the latest developments in social and political thought, emphasizing the contributions of continental scholarship as it affects international theoretical developments.

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