Subject Guide to Online Philosophy Sources

Contents for Philosophy

 



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.

Encyclopedias & Handbooks 

Specialized encyclopedias, which cover a single subject area, have longer and more detailed treatments of subjects than either dictionaries or general encyclopedias. bullet indicating that this resource is a good starting placeThe best and most comprehensive online encyclopedia of this subject is the Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

 



Dictionaries

These dictionaries define specialized terms, identify important figures and concepts, and explain symbols.

 



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.

 



Image Databases

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
Intelecom Online Resources Network lets instructors and students access video clips covering a range of key concepts and topics, including philosophy.


 



Internet Sites

 

Try our customized search, or browse the list of sites below.

Customized Search

 

Browsing List

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.

Finding other books and and audiovisual materials 

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

picture of catalog screen

Fig. 1. The library catalog search

The Library of Congress has a arrow showing important tip 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).

Summit

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.


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Address of this page: http://library.chemeketa.edu/information/virtual/philosophy.php

Updated: 20 March 2013