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Philosophy: Articles on Your Topic

Research resources for the study of Philosophy.

Library Search

Want to discover everything that the library has on your topic? Try searching for your topic in Library Search, which simultaneously searches across most of the library's resources.

Search for Articles on topics in Philosophy in these Databases

Below is a selection of online resources that include a vast number of articles on topics in Philosophy. The resources on this page include articles from both scholarly and popular sources, so be sure to evaluate your sources in order to make sure they're appropriate for your project.

Search Google Scholar

Looking for more articles?  Search Google Scholar for additional information on your topic.

Developing Search Terms

The first step in picking a topic is to brainstorm by asking yourself a few questions.  What do you already know about this topic from your course readings?  Are there similar ideas that you might want to explore?  What are the key concepts that you're interested in pursuing?

Once you've spent a bit of time answering these questions, you can take the concepts you've identified and use the keywords and phrases to start searching for information.  Keep in mind that you'll need to build a base of knowledge before you can write effectively.

Database Search Techniques

Databases respond best to keyword searching.  To search efficiently, turn your research question into a keyword search:

Research Question:  Do humans have an obligation to treat animals ethically?

Search One: (Search with keywords connected by “and”):
humans and obligation and animals

Search Two: (Truncate some of the keywords using *):
human* and obligat* and animal*

Search Three: (Add alternate words into the search with “(or)”):
human* and (oblig* or compel* or requir*) and animal*

Truncate keywords where applicable.  Truncation uses the asterisk (*) to end a word at its core, allowing you to retrieve many more documents containing variations of the search term.  Truncation can also be used to find the singular and plural forms of a term.  Example: teen* will find teen, teens and teen's.


 Human*

 Oblig*

 Requir*

 

Will Find:

 Human
 Humans
 Human’s
 Humanity
 Humanist
 Humanists
 Humanistic

 Oblige
 Obliges
 Obliging
 Obligate
 Obligates
 Obligated
 Obligation
 Obligating

 Require
 Requires
 Required
 Requiring
 

Finding Full Text

You can find the full text, which means a complete copy, of an article in a number of ways, including direct links to HTML Full Text and PDF Full Text in the database you're searching as well as linked full text in a different database or online journal (Find Full Text).  See the illustrations below for where to find the full text in each case.



If you click the Find Full Text button and aren't taken directly to a complete copy of the article you want, you may see a citation that includes a link to the PDF or HTML full text. Below are samples of what you might see and where to get a full-text article.

Example of where to find the PDF in another database:

Example of where to find the PDF in an online journal: