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Philosophy: Subject Guide

An introduction to useful print and online resources for Philosophy at Smith Library Center.

Searching for books

Use WorldCat to search for books, articles, videos, and other items in Smith Library Center and libraries worldwide. Useful features include:

  • see items in other nearby libraries in addition to SLC
  • the ability to request interlibrary loans directly from the catalog
  • refine searches with a sidebar checkbox
  • place items on hold easily​

Phrase Searching

  • add quotation marks around the terms you're searching so the whole phrase will be found.

Use the subject heading hyperlinks

  • within individual records to see other items classified under that same heading. Subject headings are standardized tags that describe the content of an item. You can use these tags to find material on the same topic regardless of the words used in the material’s text.


  • Use AND to combine terms in your search | greek AND philosophy
  • Use OR to expand results | moral OR ethical
  • For works by a philosopher, do an author search
  • For works about a philosopher, do a subject search
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