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The following is a selected list of resources for starting research in Philosophy. For further assistance, contact Paul Frantz, Reference Librarian, at or 541-346-1880

Starting Your Research

Reference sources provide an overview of a specific issue and suggest other materials which might be useful for your research.

  • The Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2nd edition, Macmillan) provides overviews of philosophers and philosophical concepts.
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Knight Reference B 51 .R68 1998) is a 10-volume set providing overviews of philosophers and philosophical concepts.
  • The New Dictionary of the History of Ideas is a six-volume survey of the history of Western thought and culture.
  • The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a web encyclopedia, whose entries are being added over time.
  • The Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy (Knight Reference B 121 .E53 2001) complements the western orientation of the above sets.
  • The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, Second Edition, (Knight Reference B 41 .C35 1999) provides concise entries on concepts and key figures in the field.

Finding Articles

To look for articles in academic journals or magazines, start with a periodical index. An index will allow you to find articles by subject, by a few keywords which describe your topic, or by author.

Finding Books

  • LibrarySearch offers a streamlined interface for search results that combine, into a single merged list, the collections of the UO Libraries and 37 academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest (Summit).  
  • Books on philosophy can be found under the following call numbers:
    • B Philosophy
    • BC Logic
    • BD Speculative philosophy
    • BF 311-316 Cognition
    • BH Aesthetics
    • BJ Ethics
    • GE 40-45 Environmental ethics
    • HQ 1190 Feminist theory
    • JA 71-91 and JC 11-628 Political theory
    • Q 174-179 Philosophy of science
    • T 14 Philosophy of technology
  • Dissertations & Theses provides summary information of dissertations in all subjects from 1861 to the present.

Professional Associations

  • The American Philosophical Association Online provides membership and governance information about the association, a list of its publications, grant and fellowship opportunities, and links to other Web sites of interest to philosophers.
  • The Society of Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy supports the Continental European tradition of philosophy.
  • Directory of American philosophers (Knight Reference B 935 .D5) lists the faculty of university departments of philosophy. A corresponding work, International Directory of Philosophy and Philosophers (Knight Reference B 35 .I5) does the same for institutions in 132 countries.

Web Resources

  • Intelex Past Masters offers full text electronic editions of the works of Dewey, Hegel, Hume, Kant, Locke, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein.
  • Philosophy at the University of Oregon provides information about faculty, degree requirements, and course descriptions.
  • PhilPapers enables you to browse the tables of contents of philosophy journals and view papers from online archives. Requires registration, but that is free.
  • Philosophical Installations offers over 1500 videos of a philosophical nature (free for non-commercial use). The site is curated by Naomi Zack of the UO's Philosophy Department.


Last revised April 2015 by Paul Frantz
Created by pfrantz on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Aug 24, 2015
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