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Subject Librarian:

Jennie Burroughs

This subject covers: aesthetics, epistemology, logic, ethics, history of philosophy, moral and political philosophy, philosophy of logic and mathematics, philosophy of mind and psychology, philosophy of science.

Article Databases and Indexes

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Provides indexing and abstracts from books and over 270 journals on philosophy and related interdisciplinary fields published in the U.S. and the Western World. Database Fact Sheet available at

PhilPapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by the community of philosophers. Using advanced trawling techniques and large scale crowdsourcing, PhilPapers monitors all sources of research content in philosophy, including journals, books, open access archives, and personal pages maintained by academics.

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for 20 users at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.

Find full text articles in academic journals or books on the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. JSTOR provides articles from the date of each journal's initial publication to recent issues. In some cases the latest several years may not be available.

a user-friendly, browsable home page to Philosophy Compass, with special features introducing readers to topics in the field of philosophy.

General Reference Sources


Expanding on the original Dictionary of the History of Ideas (1974), edited by Philip Wiener, the New Dictionary has a broader scope introducing global- and gender-neutral perspectives not present in the earlier print edition. In 700 accessible articles, alphabetically arranged, a distinguished team of international scholars explore new thinking in areas previously covered (communism, linguistics, physics) and present cross-cultural perspectives on more recent topics such as postmodernism, deconstruction and post-colonialism.

view MNCAT record to access electronic book.


Provides full text online access to over 360 volumes of Cambridge Histories reference series published since 1960.
Coverage of political, economic and social history, philosophy and literature of selected countries and subjects.
Includes The Cambridge Prehistory of the Bronze and Iron Age Mediterranean
and The Cambridge World History:
Volume 1, Introducing World History, to 10,000 BCE
Volume 2, A World with Agriculture, 12,000 BCE–500 CE
Volume 3, Early Cities in Comparative Perspective, 4000 BCE–1200 CE
Volume 4, A World with States, Empires and Networks 1200 BCE–900 CE

Described by Booklist as "the best and most comprehensive English-language reference source for philosophy. Macmillan Reference USA, c2006. Gale/Cengage.

The international encyclopedia of ethics / Hugh LaFollette 1948- Malden, MA : Wiley-Blackwell 2013 / Online access

Offers articles, many written by specialized philosophers, that are browsable by era or searchable by keyword.

Access for the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities only

The first multi-volume Encyclopedia to be published in the discipline in over thirty years, REP is now regarded as the definitive resource in the field. Features 2,000 original entries from a team of over 1,300 of the world's most respected scholars and philosophers.

Our access is limited to one simultaneous user.

A "dynamic" reference work, with each entry maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. Includes articles on individual philosophers, schools, and concepts. The SEP is an open-access resource supported by the University of Minnesota Libraries and Department of Philosophy.

General Reference Works

Quarto B935 .D5 Wilson Reference; latest edition in Wilson Reference

Major correspondence centred on the "long 18th century," supporting critical apparatus, and additional research carried out by EE.

B41 .K48 1993 WILSON Reference

This resource brings together 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works - containing well over 60,000 pages - into a single cross-searchable resource.

***You'll need to select Philosophy on the home page to access the philosophy resources, which include: see image EDIT: image source=

This book "covers more than 170 women born before 1920 who wrote about or pondered questions of Western intellectual life. The volume includes extensive bibliographies of both primary and secondary works about each philosopher." –The Philosophers Index B105 .W6 K47 1989 Wilson Reference

Internet Resources

Library Web Sites

Updates from the philosophy librarian at the University of Minnesota

Quick text FAQ explains how you can access the full text of an article in Google Scholar.

Web Sites

Contains a wide range of information on publications, conferences, web resources, etc.

EthicShare is a research and collaboration website designed to help with research, collaboration, and participation in the field of ethics. It is a comprehensive collection of ethics materials including research materials, group discussions, current news articles, and upcoming events harvested from sources such as PubMed, US Government Documents, and institutional repositories. See also their Summary of Topics at Summaries

Multimedia Materials

Image Resources

A curated bibliography of quality image collections listed by subject. These resources include local collections, licensed content, and select open online collections of images.

Primary Source Materials

Archival Materials

Browse the SUBJECTS Tab for Philosophy, choose topic in resulting list.

Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War. More.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online captures the essence of the Enlightenment in Great Britain between 1701 and 1800. ECCO is a comprehensive digital edition of /The Eighteenth Century/, the world's largest library of the printed book on microfilm. ECCO allows full-text searching of over 180,000 titles English-language titles and editions -- in essence, every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. It includes books, pamphlets, essays, broadsides and more.

This cluster of full-text databases includes works by Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, the Continental Rationalists (Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz), and British philosophers from 1600-1900 (Bacon, Hobbes, Locke, plus Dewey, Kant, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Peirce; Political Philosophy: Machiavelli to Mill; and Wittgenstein.

The Patrologia Latina Database contains 221 volumes and represents a complete electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologia Latina (1844-1855 and 1862-1865). "The Patrologia Latina (Latin for The Latin Patrology) is an enormous collection of the writings of the Church Fathers and other ecclesiastical writers published by Jacques-Paul Migne between 1841 and 1855, with indices published between 1862 and 1865. It is also known as the Latin series as it formed one half of Migne's Patrologiae Cursus Completus, the other part being the Patrologia Graeco-Latina of patristic and medieval Greek works with their (sometimes non-matching) medieval Latin translations." Description source: Wikipedia

Contains most literary texts written in Greek from Homer to the fall of Byzantium in AD 1453. The goal is to create a comprehensive digital library of Greek literature from antiquity to the present era. The web version currently provides access to 3,800 authors and 12,000 works, approximately 99 million words. It is updated quarterly with new authors and works. For the web version go to the main site and choose Canon or Abridged Online TLG.

Finding aid for microfilmed notes by Ludwig Wittgenstein, held at Center for Research Libraries, Chicago; more information at

Historical Documents

Discovery Project: PhiloSource Selected primary texts from Presocratic to Modern philosophy.
1. Ancient Greek Philosophy
2. Early Modern Philosophy and Science
3. 19th and 20th Century Philosophy: Nietzsche Source and Wittgenstein Source
4. Contemporary Philosophers

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

Citation managers are software packages used to create personalized databases of citation information and notes. They allow you to: import and organize citation information from article indexes and other sources save links to pdfs and other documents, and in some cases save the document itself format citations for your papers and bibliographies using APA and many other styles include your own notes

Research Guides

short version at Turabian Quick Guide (8th ed.) Eighth Edition:
TC Walter Library Sci/Eng Ref (Desk, Rm 206) LB2369 .T8 2013
TC Music Library Reference LB2369 .T8 2013
TC Journalism Library General Collection LB2369 .T8 2013
Earlier edition:
TC Andersen Library Children's Lit (Reference) LB2369 .T8 2007
TC Bio-Medical Library Reference LB2369 T929ma 2007
TC Law Library Reference LB2369 .T8 2007
TC Magrath Library Reference LB2369 .T8 2007
TC Music Library Reference (Desk) LB2369 .T8 2007
TC Plant Pathology Library Reference LB2369 .T8 2007
TC Veterinary Medical Library Reference LB2369 T8 2007
TC Walter Library Sci/Eng Reference (Rm 206) LB2369 .T8 2007

Style Manuals

A selected list of sources available in Wilson Reference Services.

Writing Guides

Contents Research, researchers, and readers -- Prologue: Becoming a researcher -- Thinking in print: Uses of research, public and private -- Connecting with your reader: (Re-)creating yourself and your audience -- Asking questions, finding answers -- Prologue: Planning your project - an overview -- From topics to questions -- From questions to a problem -- From problems to sources -- Engaging sources -- Making a claim and supporting it -- Prologue: Assembling a research argument -- Making good arguments: Overview -- Making claims -- Assembling reasons and evidence -- Acknowledgments and responses -- Warrants -- Planning, drafting, and revising -- Prologue: Planning again -- Planning -- Drafting your report -- Revising your organization and argument -- Communicating evidence visually -- Introductions and conclusions-- Revising style: Telling your story clearly -- Some last considerations.

Library Information

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