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PHILOSOPHY: SUBJECT GUIDE: Books & More

Starting points for research in Philosophy

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Call Numbers to Browse in Philosophy

If you're interested in a broad philosophical topic, or would like to browse for inspiration, try one of these Library of Congress call letters:

  • B: History and Systems of Philosophy
  • BC: Logic
  • BD: Speculative philosophy, including metaphysics, epistemology, ontology, and cosmology
  • BH:  Aesthetics
  • BJ:  Ethics

These books can be found on the lower level of the library.

Locations of books

  • New books are located in the Library lobby and are in call number order.
  • Print Reference books are on the first floor across from the Learning Commons area.
  • Book stacks: Consult the library map; look for location posters; or ask any staff member for help!

Book Reviews

By consulting book reviews of the scholarly works you are reading, you can gain a better understanding of the place of a particular work within the field.  Here are a few tips for locating book reviews:

  • Check to see when your book was published. If it was published more than twenty years ago, and you aren't finding reviews online, you may need to look beyond online sources and check print indexes.
  • If you're having trouble finding a review, check with a librarian for help and to cover all your bases, but remember that some books are never reviewed. If that's the case, think about what that might mean about the book's scholarly importance.
  • In many databases, you can specifically limit your search results to just reviews; see below for specific tips.

For philosophy books, start with the resources below and branch out as needed.

Finding Book Reviews Online

Search by the title of the book, or by the author of the review and a keyword from the title.

E-books

E-books in Collins Library are fully integrated into Primo Search! 

Consult the e-books guide to find out more about finding and using our growing e-book collection.

Wi-Phi

Need Help?

This subject guide highlights only a small portion of the many resources available to you.  If you're not finding what you need, don't hesitate to contact Katy!


Katherine "Katy" Curtis, Humanities Librarian
email: kcurtis@pugetsound.edu
Schedule an appointment
tel: (253) 879-3672
office:  Collins Library 140

If you can't find Katy, remember there are several ways to get help with your research

And don't forget about the Ask a Librarian 24/7 service: Anytime, anywhere! This instant messaging reference service lets you chat with a librarian no matter what time it is. Puget Sound librarians can email you to follow up if you leave your email address.