Contents for Philosophy
- Starting research: reference books
- Other electronic books
- Finding articles in journals: article databases
- Finding pictures: image databases
- Streaming video
- Resources on the Web
- Additional sources, including print
- Help from a librarian
Good Starting Places: Reference Books
Reference books are a good place to start research. They can help you find background information, choose topics, and understand concepts and terminology. To access online resources from off campus you will need a your My Chemeketa user name and six-digit password; host provider students may obtain a login from the instructor or librarian.
Specialized encyclopedias, which cover a single subject area, have longer and more detailed treatments of subjects than either dictionaries or general encyclopedias. The best and most comprehensive online encyclopedia of this subject is the Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
- Concise Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Encyclopedia of Philosophy
- Encyclopedia of Time: Science, Philosophy, Theology, & Culture
- Concise Encyclopedia of Western Philosophy
- The Oxford Companion to Philosophy
- Oxford Companion to the Mind
- Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic
These dictionaries define specialized terms, identify important figures and concepts, and explain symbols.
- Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy
- Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers
- Oxford Companion to the Mind
Finding More Electronic Books
The library has many electronic books relating to philosophy. To access these books from off campus you will need your My Chemeketa user name and six-digit password. Type a word or phrase describing the subject in the search space below:
Finding Articles on Your Subject
All the electronic databases listed in this section may be accessed by going to the library's Database Page. If you are accessing the databases from a location other than Chemeketa Community College, remember to click the link marked, "Off-campus users."
- Academic OneFile [Gale] How to use
- Index to periodicals, including thousands of peer-reviewed, abstracted and indexed journals, many which are in full text.
- JSTOR How to use
- JSTOR is a digital journals archive. Chemeketa Chemeketa has the archive collections Arts & Sciences I and Arts & Sciences III, comprising about 400 journals. The collections are strong in the humanities.
- Supplementary database page
- Access to a number of philosophy databases on the Internet.
Britannica ImageQuest is a very large database with high quality images of all kinds of subject matter. Images have been cleared for educational use.
Streaming Video Databases
- Intelecom Online Resources Network lets instructors and students access video clips covering a range of key concepts and topics, including philosophy.
Try our customized search, or browse the list of sites below.
- Codes of Ethics Online - http://ethics.iit.edu/research/codes-ethics-collection
- Codes of Ethics Online, maintained by the Illinois Institute of Technology, has online codes of ethics arranged by discipline, including some codes of individual companies. Searchable. Also has supporting material relating to professional ethics, such as guides on authoring and using codes of ethics. Includes links to other, similar sites.
- Ethics Updates Home Page - http://ethics.sandiego.edu/
- This page is maintained by a philosophy professor at the University of San Diego. It contains numerous ethics links, including hot topics in applied ethics.
- Philosophy Pages - http://www.philosophypages.com/index.htm
- An introduction to Western philosophy including logic, a dictionary of philosophy terms and names, biographies, and historical information.
Finding Additional Resources
General encyclopedias and dictionaries of philosophy can be found on Chemeketa's reference shelves under the Dewey Decimal number 103. The library is located in Building 9 on the Salem campus.
Encyclopedias and dictionaries of ethics can be found on Chemeketa's reference shelves under the Dewey Decimal System in the 170s.
Use the library catalog to look for additional materials
- The catalog page includes instructions on using the catalog, as well as links to other library catalogs
- You can search by key words, by authors, or by subject headings
- A suggestion on where to find subject headings to use in the catalog is given below
Fig. 1. The library catalog search
The Library of Congress has a Web site where you can search for subject headings. When you put in a search term, the results will list terms in a table. Those with a red button marked, "Authorized and references" are terms that the Library of Congress uses in subject catalogs. Clicking the button may show more specific ("narrower") terms.
You may have to do several searches in the library catalog to find books that might be pertinent to your subject. Try different combinations of key words.
If you live in the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service (CCRLS) district, you may also access the catalog online at your local public library. In addition to the books in the Chemeketa College Library, the catalog also contains the collections of the 17 public libraries located in the regional library district. You can request books through the catalog, and can pass your search through to Summit (see below).
Chemeketa students registered for credit may use Summit, the Orbis Cascade Alliance catalog, to request items from 37 member libraries in Oregon and Washington. Summit uses a search called WorldCat. Authorized users have access to all of the material in the Chemeketa Community College library, plus about 28 million items in Summit. Chemeketa users may request items using the barcode number from their ID card, and have them sent to Chemeketa, or they may set up a Visiting Patron account at another Alliance library.
- Summit: http://summit.orbiscascade.org/
- How to use Summit: http://library.chemeketa.edu/information/summit.php
- More Summit Help: http://www.oclc.org/worldcatlocal/help/default.htm
- Help with the WorldCat interface: http://www.oclc.org/support/help/navpatron/ApplicationHelp.htm
- Libraries & Map: http://orbiscascade.org/index/member-map
To comment or request help, please e-mail Reference or call 503.399.5231.
Address of this page: http://library.chemeketa.edu/information/virtual/philosophy.php
Updated: 20 March 2013