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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.

UCF Library Catalog

Author or Personal Name Searching: Search by last name, first name (or first and middle initial):
  • Dewey, John
  • Nussbaum, Martha
Title or Journal Title Searching: While the entire title does not need to be typed in the search box, the title must nonetheless be in exact word order:
  • The American Scholar = American Scholar
  • The Oxford Handbook of Nietzsche = Oxford Handbook of Nietzsche
Subject Heading Searching: Requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The following headings suggest the range of topics that may be pursued:
Anywhere or Keyword Searching: Useful if you are unsure of the correct Library of Congress subject heading. Try using two or three of the most significant words from the topic for which you are searching. An Anywhere search will find all occurrences of a word in a library catalog or a database. What follows are some examples of Anywhere searches:
  • 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]
Format Limit: To find multimedia (e.g., CDs, DVDs, videocassettes, etc.), go to the Advanced Search screen. Under "Limit your search further by:" is a drop-down menu for format:


Other Catalogs of Interest

Browse by Call Number

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:

Call Number Subject
B Philosophy (General)
BC Logic
BD Speculative Philosophy
BH Aesthetics
BJ Ethics

Interlibrary Loan

Google Book Search

Google Book Search can be a useful tool for discovering books.  However, keep these suggestions in mind for making the most of your Google book searching:
  • 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.
  • Use the "Find it in a library" link to see if the book you want is available in the UCF Libraries.
  • Not everything is in Google Book Search, so use Google in addition to library catalogs and databases, not instead of them.