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Philosophy Research Guide

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Just getting started?

Start by doing some background research. Take time to engage in some mind-mapping exercises that will help you identify key subject terms. Encyclopedias and other reference resources can be used to help you refine your subject terms and the citations in these sources can be used to find more information on your topic.

Consider how much time you have to complete your assignment and how hard it will be to get the resources you need for your topic. If you are finding your research difficult to manage, narrow your topic or break your research down into manageable sub-topics. If you are not finding enough information on your topic, try using broader subject terms.

Other Useful Guides

Guide to the Library Using Databases Citation Guide

Library Catalog: Books, Videos, e-Books and more!

Call number areas to browse

Subject Area
Call Number Range
Subject Area
Call Number Range
Subject Area
Call Number Range
Philosophy (General) B1 - B5802 General Works B69 - B99 Ancient B108 - B708
Medieval B720 - B765 Renaissance B770 - B785 Modern B790 - B5802
Logic BC Ethics BJ Political Philosophy JA-JC

The books in the library are organized by subject. You can browse these call number areas to find related books. So, if you are searching the library catalog and find a book that looks interesting or particularly relevant to your research, you can search the shelves in the library in the same call number area to find related items.

Reference Sources

Title Call Number
The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Philosophy REF B111 .C36 2003
Concise Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy REF PB51 .C58 2000
The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Scepticism B525 .C36 2010
A Dictionary of Philosophy of Religion BL51 .D514 2010
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The reference collection is located at the back, right-hand side of the library. Items in this collection cannot be checked out, but a copier is conveniently located so you can make copies of the resources you find.

To search the Library Catalog for reference books about Philosophy, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Philosophy" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search by selecting "Collection: Reference Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Circulating Books

Title Call Number
A History of Philosophy B72 .C62 1993 v.1 - v.9
Political philosophy : an introduction JA71 .S788 2011
Roman Philosophy and the Good Life B505 .B45 2009
A Very Short Introduction To (Series) Various

Find More Philosophy FInd More Ethics Find More Political Philosophy


To search the Library Catalog for books about Philosophy, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Philosophy" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Collection: Circulating Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

E-Books

Title E-Book Type
Plato's Philosophers: the coherence of the dialogues netLibrary eBook
Social Ethics: sociology and the future of society netLibrary eBook
Dictionary of World Philosophy netLibrary eBook
Routledge Philosophy Guidebook (Series) netLibrary eBook

Find More Philosophy Find More Ethics Find More Political Philosophy


To search the Library Catalog for e-books about Philosophy or a realted subfield, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Philosophy" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Collection: Electronic Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items available to Montgomery Library patrons only, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Audio/Visual Materials

Reason and Faith: philosophy in the Middle Ages B721 .R43 2007
Modern Philosophy B791 .M623 2005
Ethics: what is right? BJ71 .E845 2005
No Dogs or Philosophers Allowed (Series) Various

Find More Philosophy Find More Ethics Find More Political Philosophy


To search the Library Catalog for books about Philosophy, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Philosophy" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Media: Videos, DVDs, films, slides, etc." from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Periodicals

Diogenes Periodicals Collection
Skeptical Inquirer Periodicals Collection
Teaching Philosophy Periodicals Collection

The periodical section is located in front of the circulating collection, next to the outdoor patio area. The periodical collection is organized by title. These items cannot be checked out, but there is a copy machine available adjacent to the periodical section.

Tips!

Requesting items not available at Montgomery Library:

If there is an item listed in the catalog, but it is not located at Montgomery Library, just select the “Request First Available Copy of this Item” button from the catalog record to have the item sent to Montgomery Library for pick-up. To complete your request, you need your library barcode and PIN number. Generally, your PIN number is the last 4 digits of the phone number you used to register for classes. If you have problems accessing requesting an item, contact the Circulation Desk in person, at 936.273.7387 or email mclr@lonestar.edu

If the item is not available in the catalog:

Just select the “Requests” tab located in the upper, right-hand side of the screen. Complete and submit the Inter-Library Loan Request Form – LSCS. Contact a librarian if you need help!

Research Databases: Find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles

Recommended Databases

Academic Search Complete Multi-disciplinary database; full text of articles from over 5,300 journals, magazines and newspapers, plus image collections.
Biography Reference Bank Over 140,000 biographical profiles of people present and past, many with photographs, articles and more.
JSTOR Complete historical full text of all issues of journals in a wide range of humanities and social science fields.
Project Muse Full text of 285 journals in literature, history, international/cultural studies and other humanities and social science fields.
Religion & Philosophy Collection Over 300 full-text journals, including over 250 peer-reviewed titles, on theology, religious history, epistemology, and philosophy.
Films on Demand (Videos) High-quality, educational streaming video from companies such as Films for the Humanities, BBC, and PBS.

Tips!

Finding the right database:

If you’d like to explore a subject area: Access the Research Databases: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> Select a category that is relevant to your topic.

If you know the title of the journal you’re looking for, use the A to Z Electronic Journal Search to find out which database provides access to that journal: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> A to Z Electronic Journal Search -> Select “Search” tab

If you know the database title: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> Find Database by Title

If the full-text/PDF version of an article is not available, select the “Check LinkSource for more information” link to see if another database offers full-text access.

Accessing Databases from Home:

You can access these databases from home using your library barcode number. If you have problems accessing the databases, contact the Circulation Desk in person, at 936.273.7387 or email mclr@lonestar.edu

Interlibrary Loan (ILL):

If you are not able to find a resource that you need in the databases or in the library catalog, you can request the item via the Interlibrary Loan Form: http://www.lonestar.edu/library/interlibrary-request.htm

Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed Sources

Scholarly articles are written by an authority on the subject and are meant to share primary research with others in the field. Unlike popular sources, scholarly sources generally have a narrow audience and include a clear author or sponsoring association. These documents are very structured and usually include a literature review, methodology, and extensive citations. Many scholarly sources are also peer-reviewed which means others in the field reviewed the work before it was published. Many databases will allow you to limit your search to scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources – look for this option.

Websites

Occasionally the librarians at LSC - Montgomery library will find a website they consider exceptional or particularly useful for academic research.

Suggested Websites:

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy http://www.iep.utm.edu/
Digital Librarian: Religion and Philosophy http://www.digital-librarian.com/religion.html
Internet Public Library: Philosophy www.ipl.org

Getting research assistance . . .

Subject Librarian

Sarah Palacios-Wilhelm
Email: sarahpwilhelm@lonestar.edu Phone: 936 273 7393 Office: bldg. F-161

Reference Desk

Email: mclr@lonestar.eduPhone: 936 273 7390

Department Contacts

Department Home: https://www.lonestar.edu/philosophy-dept.htm

Name Email Phone Number Office Number
Barbara Buchanan, Dean Barbara.L.Buchanan@lonestar.edu 936.271.6155 G120-B
Tim Cowan, Professor Timothy.M.Cowan@lonestar.edu 936.271.6170 G221-D
Mark Whitten, Professor Mark.W.Whitten@lonestar.edu 936.273.7492 G221-C


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