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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.

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)