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.
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philosophy and wom#n [finds: woman or women]
child* [finds: child, child's, children]
aesthetic theory ["and" implied between words]
city OR cities [finds: either word]
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Most materials in the UCF Libraries are arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification System. Philosophical materials generally are classified in the B’s:
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Use the advanced search screen so you can do more targeted searches. For example, do a subject search rather than a keyword search if you are looking for books on a particular topic or period.
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