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Choosing the Best Finding Aids
Selecting the best or most appropriate finding aid for identifying sources depends almost entirely on the context of your research assignment. There is no single database or web search interface that will work for every research context; instead, you'll need to match your specific research needs to a variety of options. Don't forget, recommended subject databases for each discipline can also be found on the "articles" tab in each library subject guide.
These journals contain articles related to philosophy, ethics, and the law.
Law & Philosophy
A forum for the publication of work in law and philosophy that is of common interest to individuals in the disciplines of jurisprudence and legal philosophy.
Encompasses a broad range of topics, including but not limited to analytical jurisprudence, normative jurisprudence, policy analyses of legal institutions and doctrines, theories of law as a social or cultural phenomenon, and critical perspectives on law and legal institutions.
Criminal Law and Philosophy
A platform for articles that take a philosophical perspective on any issue in the broad field of crime and punishment.
Recommended Subject Databases for Philosophy
These subject databases may be especially useful for your research projects for this class.
A comprehensive, bibliographic database covering worldwide research in all areas of philosophy.
Law journal (aka, law review) articles can be a challenging read. Written by legal scholars for attorneys, they are comprehensive works, and may be helpful to a more in depth understanding of your topic. Bibliographies of the articles are often rich with citations to useful documents.
While both Legal Collection and Nexis Uni contain content from law journals, Nexis Uni has other types of content, and its interface tends to be difficult for new users.
Don't forget to prepare a list of related terms and concepts BEFORE you begin searching! This will save you time and give you a sense of direction as you search.
Number 1 Search Tip
Use Advanced Search and limit features whenever possible. Subset limits, date limits, citation searches, subject searches, etc. -- are all useful timesavers.
More Search Tips:
- Start with a general search.
- Avoid long phrases.
- When given a choice, go with advanced search.
- Use AND to find all the words (distinct concepts) on your topic.
- Use OR to find any of the words (synonyms or related concepts) on your topic.
- The symbol * is used as a right hand truncation character in most databases; it will find all forms of a word.
- Use limiters to focus your search by date, full text, peer reviewed articles, etc.
- Be flexible in your searching.
Too MUCH Information?
- Use more specific words.
- Narrow your search by adding more words connecting them with AND.
- Do a subject search instead of a keyword search.
- Put phrases in quotation marks.
Too LITTLE Information?
- Try different search words, including synonyms, broader terms, or related words.
- Use the truncation symbol * to get all forms of a word.
- Try a different database.
Tipasa: Interlibrary Loan
If your article is not available at Collins Library, you've got another option for getting it. Use Tipasa, our interlibrary loan service.
Tipasa is linked to your library account so you'll need to log in to use it.
Once you are logged in, either go directly to Tipasa and manually enter the information, or, if you're using a database, look for a shortcut link to automatically fill out the form, like this:
Allow at least a week for the article to come. If your article is delivered in electronic format, you'll receive an email with a link to follow as soon as it's arrived.