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 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.



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


Finding More Electronic Books

Use the Library Search to find books. Limit your search to electronic books by selecting the eBooks resource type under Refine My Results. Chemeketa E-books will show as having Online access, with a green disc indicator. To access these books from off campus you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.


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 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 -
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 -
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 -
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 

Limit your search to books by selecting the Books resource type under Refine My Results. Chemeketa books will show as Available, with a green disc indicator, followed by the location and call number.

You may have to do several searches to find books that might be pertinent to your subject.

Books not owned by Chemeketa may be requested through Summit or via interlibrary loan.


Chemeketa students registered for credit may request Summit books from other Orbis Cascade Alliance libraries. The Orbis Cascade Alliance is made up of 37 member libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Authorized users have access to all of the material in the Chemeketa Community College library, plus about 28 million items in Summit.

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Updated: 16 December 2014