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The purpose of this guide is to recommend print and electronic resources for conducting research in philosophy in the Library. Click on the links on the left for suggestions about starting your research, getting books and articles, and finding other useful tools for research in philosophy.

Library Instruction

To learn more about the library and its resources and how you can exploit them to your advantage, register in the Research Skills Tutorial on D2L. There are several sections in the tutorial with a short quiz at the end of each; at the end you will receive a Certificate of Completion. Many professors require you to take this tutorial--and once you finish it, you can save your certificate to reprint as often as necessary.

In the fall,  the library hosts live Orientation tours as well as Zotero classes which you can sign up for at the library's entrance, and even after the formal schedule is finished, we are very happy to put on special classes at the request of at least 5 students. If you would like to arrange a special class, or you think your course would benefit from some in-class library instruction, please ask your professor to contact the librarian responsible for your faculty to set up some sessions.

Courses

For information about Laurentian's Department of Philosophy and the courses it offers, please visit the Department of Philosophy.

Librarian for Philosophy

Desmond Maley
Desmond Maley, M.L.S.
 
Tel: 705-675-1151 ext. 3323
Office Location: 30-246, J.-N. Desmarais Library

More Help

In the library: The Library User Assistance Desk to your immediate left as you enter the library is a good place to start.

By email: Email the librarian responsible for your faculty for a reply during regular working hours.

By telephone: 705-675-4803, or toll free at 1-800-661-1058, ext. 2

By chat: With our "Ask the Library" service. For more information, see About Ask a Librarian.

For Distance Education students: Telephone: 1-800-661-1058, ext. 2 or email: bibdesmaraislib@laurentian.ca

Get Started

Encyclopedias and Companions

Oxford University Press has also published handbooks on various areas of philosophy. See the Oxford Handbooks for full-text access to the collection.

Dictionaries

Very Short Introductions (Oxford University Press series)

Ancient Philosophy. Online. 2000.
Knowledge. Print. 2014.
Logic. Print. 2017.
Philosophy. Print. 2002.
Presocratic Philosophy. Online. 2004.
The Meaning of Life. Online. 2008.

Get Books and Theses

E-Books

Most e-books are available through the library catalogue, but you can also search our e-book collections. Below is the recommended list.

Ebook collections

  • Ebook Central ?

    Description: close to 40,000 ebooks in multiple subject areas

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library ?

    Description: Over 80 reference ebooks in multiple subject areas.

  • Intelex Past Masters: Full-Text Humanities ?

    Description: Encompasses the largest collection of primary source full-text electronic editions in philosophy in the world. Includes significant collections in the history of political thought and theory, religious studies, education, German studies, sociology, the history and philosophy of science, economics, and classics. Features definitive editions of the full corpora of the seminal figures in the history of the human sciences, including published and unpublished works, articles, essays, reviews, and correspondence. Publishes collections in English and English translation, German, French, Latin, Danish, Spanish, Italian, and Russian. Also includes The English Letters Collection (letters or correspondence and in some cases the notebooks, diaries, and memoirs of the most significant figures in English cultural history, politics, religion and the arts), the Women Writers Collection, and the Pickering & Chatto Women's Studies Collection.

  • Oxford Scholarship Online ?

    Description: Over 13,960 ebooks in multiple subject areas.

  • Sage Knowledge Collection ?

    Description: Provides an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks. The e-reference publications are available full-text.

  • Scholars Portal - Ebooks ?

    Description: Over 345,000 ebooks in multiple subject areas. Select Full Text Only to find only those ebooks with full text.

  • Springer LINK ?

    Description: SpringerLink currently offers 2,777 fully peer-reviewed journals and 56,704 books online.

  • Taylor & Francis E-books ?

    Description: More than 15,000 e-books in multiple subject areas.

Get Articles

Quick Tips

To find articles on a topic from multiple sources, search in one of the Databases listed on this page. Subject-specific databases will have more detailed subject headings, but general databases will search a wider range of publications.

To browse content from a specific journal, use our e-journals list to access individual titles.

If you are looking for a specific article, search for the title in a subject-specific or general database. If you are searching from Laurentian campus, you can also try a web search for the article title; major publishers' websites will often recognize the IP address and give direct access to the full-text article (note: depending on the journal or publisher, this will not always work).

Quick Tips for Searching the Databases

  • Start off with keyword searches expressing your topic. Keyword searching crosses all fields (title, author, publisher, abstract, etc.)
  • Use search operators ("and," "or," wildcards) to expand or reduce your results. Different databases use different operators, so see the database's Help page for details.
  • When you find a relevant search result, look at the author(s) and subject headings - you may be able to refine your search with these.
  • You can also look at an article's citations or the works which have cited it to find additional, relevant articles.

Subject Databases

  • Philosopher's Index ?

    Description: The Philosopher's Index is a comprehensive, bibliographic database covering worldwide research in all areas of philosophy. It features: the inclusion of documents from philosophy and interdisciplinary publications, extensive indexing, and author-written abstracts. Philosophers prescreen potential source documents for relevance to the field of philosophy; this enables the inclusion of articles from interdisciplinary journals and contributions from interdisciplinary anthologies that pertain to philosophy. The database provides global coverage, with source publications from more than 135 countries, and has records from 1940 to present, with additional records dating back to 1902. It includes more than 530,000 records in 37 languages. Sources includes: journals (print and e-journal articles from more than 1600 philosophy and interdisciplinary journals); books/monographs, including encyclopedias, dictionaries and book series; anthologies; contributions to anthologies from philosophy and interdisciplinary anthologies; and book reviews.

  • PhilPapers ?

    Description: PhilPapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by the community of philosophers. We monitor all sources of research content in philosophy, including journals, books, open access archives, and personal pages maintained by academics. We also host the largest open access archive in philosophy.

Some Related Databases

  • Année philologique ?

    Description: This is a specialized bibliographic database of scholarly works relating to all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. L’Année philologique covers a wide array of subjects, including Greek and Latin literature and linguistics—which includes early Christian texts and patristics—Greek and Roman history, art, archaeology, philosophy, religion, mythology, music, science, and scholarly subspecialties such as numismatics, papyrology and epigraphy. Abstracts of journal articles are in English, German, Spanish, French or Italian. Books entries often include tables of contents and book review information. Access is limited to 5 concurrent users.

  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index ?

    Description: Fully indexes over 1,700 arts and humanities journals, as well as selected items over 250 scientific and social sciences journals — from 1975 to present. Covering subjects that include archaeology, art, architecture, asian studies, classics, dance, folklore, history, language, linguistics, literary reviews, literature, music, philosophy, poetry, radio, television, & film, religion and theatre.

  • FRANCIS ?

    Description: Multilingual social sciences and humanities database. English and French searching options available.

  • Google Scholar ?

    Description: "Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature... across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites."

  • Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective: 1907-1984 ?

    Description: Humanities & Social Sciences Index Retrospective™: 1907-1984 offers a broad range of subject coverage in the humanities and social sciences with high-quality indexing of more than 1,300,000 articles in nearly 1,100 periodicals, dating as far back as 1907, as well as citations of over 240,000 book reviews.

  • Intelex Past Masters: Full-Text Humanities ?

    Description: Encompasses the largest collection of primary source full-text electronic editions in philosophy in the world. Includes significant collections in the history of political thought and theory, religious studies, education, German studies, sociology, the history and philosophy of science, economics, and classics. Features definitive editions of the full corpora of the seminal figures in the history of the human sciences, including published and unpublished works, articles, essays, reviews, and correspondence. Publishes collections in English and English translation, German, French, Latin, Danish, Spanish, Italian, and Russian. Also includes The English Letters Collection (letters or correspondence and in some cases the notebooks, diaries, and memoirs of the most significant figures in English cultural history, politics, religion and the arts), the Women Writers Collection, and the Pickering & Chatto Women's Studies Collection.

  • JSTOR ?

    Description: JSTOR includes the archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. The entire corpus is full-text searchable, offers search term highlighting, includes high-quality images, and is interlinked by millions of citations and references. Note: Normally the journals in JSTOR are five years from current; further, all JSTOR journals are available through the "Get it @ Laurentian" link from other databases. JSTOR should NOT be used as at the first resort.

  • MLA International Bibliography ?

    Description: Covers literature from all over the world--Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America. Folklore is represented by folk literature, music, art, rituals, and belief systems. Linguistics and language materials range from history and theory of linguistics, comparative linguistics, semantics, stylistics, and syntax to translation. Other topics include literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts (film, radio, television, theater), and history of printing and publishing. Since 1926.

  • Project MUSE ?

    Description: Project MUSE offers full-text current and archival articles from 600+ scholarly journals from major university presses covering literature and criticism, history, performing arts, cultural studies, education, philosophy, political science, and gender studies.

  • Scholars Portal - Ejournals ?

    Description: Scholars Portal is a digital repository of over 20 million scholarly articles drawn from journals covering every academic discipline.

Websites

  • Paideia Archive. Site for the 20th World Congress of Philosophy, offering over 600 full text papers from the Paideia archive and links to significant philosophy resources
  • Philosophy
    Gateway to philosophy sites. Covers Chinese philosophy, a wide range of philosophic topics, philosophers and the history of philosophy.
    (produced by the Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Getting Articles @ Laurentian

In any database, when you see an article that interests you, click on it and, unless the article is available within the database itself, within the record you will see an image that says "Get it @ Laurentian":

Get it at Laurentian

When you click on that,  you will arrive at a menu which will lead to an electronic copy of the article you want, or, if not available electronically, to Laurentian's catalogue which will allow you to check if the article is available in print in the library, and if not, to a final link which allows you to order the item through Interlibrary loan.

Peer Review

Peer Review is the evaluation of creative work by scholars in the same field in order to maintain or enhance the quality of the work in that field.

In the case of peer reviewed journals, which are usually academic, peer review generally refers to the evaluation of the articles in them prior to publication. For more, check out this definition of peer review.

  • To ascertain whether a journal is peer reviewed, consult Ulrichsweb.

Citing Sources and Zotero

Track Your Research

Zotero, a free, browser-based citation manager, is the recommended tool to collect, organize, cite and share your research.

Citation Sources

See our Citation Style Guides for quick reference guides on commonly used citation styles.

Style Manual

The Department recommends the Modern Languages Association (MLA) style for citations and bibliographies:

The MLA Handbook. Print. 2016.

Purdue University's Online Writing Lab. The best open-access site for learning how to cite in MLA and other styles.