This guide is designed to overview the bibliographic research tools required by any philosophical researcher to locate relevant and useful scholarly information on a topic.
The discipline has developed precise and very specific research tools for locating information on specific topics. For reasons of manageability and scope, it has been necessary to limit coverage and inclusion in the present guide to the more general tools accessible and relevant to all philosophical researchers.
More tailored LibGuides featuring research tools designed for specific philosophical subfields are in preparation and will be forthcoming.
The resources included in the present guide should greatly assist researchers in amassing a wealth of material on most topics in western philosophy and many in the non-western philosophical traditions.
For convenience, the guide has been organized by bibliographic format. Researchers can therefore work systematically through the resources linked under each tab to successively locate books, journal articles, encyclopedia articles. unpublished theses and dissertations and other material on topic.
For considerations of access, electronic formats have been included in preference to print materials. Where print materials are included shelf locations and call numbers have been provided to assist location.
This guide serves as a starting point for a basic introduction to philosophy, beginning research in the various aspects of philosophy as an academic discipline, or interdisciplinary work which intersects the study of philosophy.
This library guide is part of our “spotlight on the disciplines” literacy tier. In this tier you will be introduced to advanced academic research skills. These skills are developed by working with research librarians in upper-level courses specific to their discipline. The spotlight represents the in-depth instruction, library guides, advanced search strategies, and research consultations provided by the research & engagement librarians.