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Philosophy: Obtaining Background Material

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

Using Reference Books

Use Reference books to:

♦  Obtain background material to help familiarize yourself with your topic

♦  Place your topic in historical context

♦  Locate definitions of terms and concepts

♦  Find bibliographies suggesting additional resources on your topic

Citing Sources

While writing research papers, you may need to:

 List your sources in bibliographies or works cited

♦ Provide either footnotes or endnotes.

For more help with citations, check this guide out.

UMW Libraries' Guide to Citing Sources

General Reference Books

Biographical Reference Books