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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.

Synopses Sources

A synopsis is an outline or summary, usually of a written work. In the sense used here, for the sources listed below, a synopsis is a compilation of skeletal outlines and broad overviews of significant philosophical works. The sources cited not only highlight the main points of a philosopher's work, but also list additional basic readings to gain further insight into a particular philosophical work or philosopher.
Included in this database is the series World Philosophers and Their Works. To obtain a list of entries in this series, type "World Philosophers and Their Works" in the search box and leave the drop-down box adjacent to the search box as "Select a Field (optional)." The series contains biographical essays and reviews of representative works of 226 philosophers through the ages. Each entry also has a brief annotated bibliography of additional recommended readings.
Masterpieces of World Philosophy
Main Library Reference B 75 .M37 1990
Examines and summarizes nearly 100 influential works through critical essays that focus on their themes and major points.
World Philosophy: Essay-Reviews of 225 Major Works
Main Library Reference B 29 .W68 1982
Each essay is accompanied by a short bibliography of additional recommended readings. Contents: sixth century B.C. to third century B.C.; third century B.C. to 1713 A.D.; 1726-1896; 1896-1932; 1932-1971.