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Philosophy

This research guide identifies materials for basic and advanced research in philosophy. It lists a variety of sources, including databases, reference works, and Internet sites useful for the study of philosophy.

MetaSites

http://www.epistemelinks.com
Includes thousands of sorted links to philosophy sources on the Internet. The main sections are "Philosophers" and "Topics."
 
http://noesis.evansville.edu/
Guide to associations, journals, and faculty pages online, together with a limited area search engine.
 
http://users.ox.ac.uk/~worc0337/pil_index.html
Created and maintained by a professor at the University of Oxford, this site serves as a gateway to philosophy sources on the Internet. Organized around 14 main categories (e.g., "Reference," "Individual Philosophers").
 
http://philpapers.org
"...a comprehensive directory of online philosophical articles and books by academic philosophers" (website description). Some features require that users must first create a free account. Jointly sponsored by the University of London and Australian National University.
 
http://vos.ucsb.edu/browse.asp?id=2724
An excellent metasite for the humanities and social sciences. Maintained at the University of California, Santa Barbara, VoS (the title comes from a little-known passage in Aristotle's Poetics) offers deep research links in more than 25 categories. Also offers helpful links to online journals, conferences, publishers, libraries, and museums. The "Philosophy" section includes a listing of Web sites organized primarily around specific philosophers.

Evaluating Internet Sources

Why is it important to critically evaluate information found on the Internet? Mainly because anyone can publish information on the Internet. The Internet does not have reviewers or editors; there is no quality control. There is no guarantee that the information you find is accurate. Many pages are not updated.
 
Here are two excellent sites that offer detailed guidance in evaluating Internet sources:
 
> Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask (from University of California – Berkeley)
 
> Evaluating Information Found on the Internet (from The Johns Hopkins University)
 
Also helpful is the UCF Libraries' InfoLit module, "Evaluating Web Sites."