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Philosophy: Home

A research guide to finding books, articles, and other resources in Philosophy


This guide is designed to help you research topics for your Philosophy classes.  By clicking on the tabs at the top of each page, you can locate reference works and guides (for time-saving background material), appropriate databases (for magazine and journal articles), scholarly websites (that cover various aspects of the field), and class handouts (used in Philosophy library classes).  Don't forget that you will have to cite and document the sources you use.  For that reason, each page has a link to the UMW Libraries' guide to Citing Resources.  

Have any questions?  Need help?  You can always stop by the Reference Desk for assistance.  Also, please feel free to contact me and we'll set up a research appointment (see box at right).  I look forward to working with you!  --Jack Bales

(Image of Benjamin West's The Death of Socrates is from the Collections Search Center, the Smithsonian Institution, control number IAP 82190567 <>. The original painting is in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.)