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Philosophy: Subject Guide

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

Reference sources

Why use encyclopedias & other reference works?

Reference works like encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other collections of information are useful for quickly identifying key facts, or finding background information about a particular event or person. Reference sources can help you:

  • understand historical or social context
  • understand key concepts
  • brainstorm ways to narrow or broaden your research topic
  • identify additional sources of information

Print and online reference works can be located by searching WorldCat. Start with a broad keyword search, such as philosophy AND encyclopedia. Or you can use a narrower term, such as ethics AND encyclopedia.

Library information and research help

For in-depth research assistance on any assignment submit a Request a Research Appointment request and one of our professional research librarians will schedule a meeting with you.

  • Accessing SU library resources from off-campus? Simply provide your SUeID and password when prompted to authenticate yourself on the server and gain access to the library's paid subscription databases. 
  • TIP: Make sure you're logging into the yellow Southwestern login screen, NOT the database's login screen.

Access your personal library account in WorldCat Local to renew books, check for fines, etc.

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