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PHIL 285 Environmental Ethics: Books

What about books?

Scholarly books can also be excellent sources for establishing historical and cultural background, locating background information, or placing your topic in context with related issues.  Search Collins Library Primo Search for titles.  A sampling of potentially relevant books is listed below.

Search Primo

Using Library of Congress Subject Headings

Books in Primo are assigned Library of Congress Subject Headings.  In many ways, subject headings are a form of tagging, in that they represent the content of the material and provide ways for you to efficiently locate more materials that are conceptually related. 

Here are several examples of the various ways you can use LCSH to help pinpoint what you need:

Science -- Moral and ethical aspects

Environment -- Philosophy

Environmental ethics

Environmentalism - Moral and ethical aspects

What does the colored text next to my search results mean?

The colored text lets you know the availability of an item.

  • Green text = item is available at Collins Library.  Click on the title, then the "Get It" tab or "View It" tab (left side).
  • Yellow text = item is available at a Summit library. Use the "Get It" tab to submit a Summit request.
  • Gray text = item is not available at Collins Library. If it is a book, you can submit a Summit request. If the item is an article, it is not available full-text. Submit an interlibrary loan request.

How to Read a Call Number

If you've never had to find a specific book in a college library before, the task can seem rather daunting at first.  This short video tutorial will help you learn how to read and interpret Library of Congress Call numbers.  If you have any questions about finding materials that you need, please do not hesitate to ask any Collins Library staff member--we're here to 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.

  • Academic Search Premier  
    Finds reviews for books published from about 1975-present Limit to book reviews: Before you run your search, scroll down to 'Document Type' and limit to 'Book Review.' Use the author's last name and a keyword from the book title in your search.
  • JSTOR  
    Search for books published from the 1800s up to about five years ago. To limit to reviews: click Advanced Search, then check 'review.'
  • Research Library
    Search for books published from 1986 up to the present. To limit your search to book reviews, use Advanced Search, click and expand the gray tab labeled 'More Search Options', and select Review > Book Review under 'Document Type'.

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.