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Philosophy Resources

Philosophical Research

Encyclopedias and dictionaries of philosophy can be a good starting point in your research. Databases such as the Gale Virtual Reference Library, Oxford Reference Online, and Credo Reference can be helpful if you need a quick definition of a philosophical term or brief biographical facts about philosophers. Print and freely accessible web sources are also listed below.

Reference Books: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, and Handbooks

Dictionary of the history of ideas; studies of selected pivotal ideas. 1973-74. 5 v
Location: Reference - CB5 .D52

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
Location: BMCC Databases (Gale Virtual Reference)

Encyclopedia of aesthetics, (4 v)
New York : Oxford University Press, 1998.
Location: Reference - BH56 .E53 1998

The Edinburgh encyclopedia of Continental philosophy
Edinburgh : University Press, c1999.
Location: CUNY Databases - (NetLibrary)

Encyclopedia of ethics, 2nd ed.
New York : Routledge, 2001.
Location: Reference - BJ63 .E45 2001

Encyclopedia of philosophy, 2nd ed.
Detroit : Macmillan Reference USA, c2005.  10 vols.
Location: Reference - B51 .E53 2005

The Oxford companion to philosophy
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c1995.
Location: CUNY Databases - (NetLibrary)
Location: Reference - B 51 .O94 1995

The Oxford dictionary of philosophy
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
Location: CUNY Databases - (NetLibrary)

Routledge encyclopedia of philosophy
London ; New York : Routledge, 1998. 10 v.
Location: Reference- B51 .R68 1998


Academic Search Complete (EBSCOhost)
Subject Area: All Subject Areas
Full Text: yes
Description: Covers journals and magazines for most areas of academic study. 3,800 full text journals (including peer-reviewed journals) and magazines.

Subject Area: Anthropology & Archaeology, Economics, Education, Ethnic Studies, History, Languages, Literature, Mathematics, Politics, & Social Sciences
Full Text: yes
Description: Archive of core scholarly journals. Full text starting with the first issue.

Project MUSE
Subject Area: Anthropology, Arts, Economics, Education, Ethnic Studies, History, Languages, Library Science, Literature, Medicine, Philosophy, Popular Culture
Full Text: yes
Description: Full text of 200 peer-reviewed journals.

Web Resources

American Philosophical Association
"The American Philosophical Association is the main professional organization for philosophers in the United States. Founded in 1900, its mission is to promote the exchange of ideas among philosophers, to encourage creative and scholarly activity in philosophy, to facilitate the professional work and teaching of philosophers, and to represent philosophy as a discipline."
Links to websites about and for philosophers, including an events calendar and links to academic departments around the world.

Index to Online Philosophical Resources
Links to texts by and about major philosophers.

Philosophy oriented search engine and index to a variety of websites related to the field.

Philosophical Gourmet
Online ranking of undergraduate and graduate philosophy departments in the United States and around the world.

Philosophical Lexicon
A humorous "dictionary" of philosophy compiled by philosopher Daniel Dennet.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Voice of the Shuttle: Philosophy Page

WWW Philosophy Virtual Library
Web-directory to a wide variety of philosophy related resources.

Compiled by Robert Farrell, Information Literacy Librarian ( )