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Philosophy: Gathering Background Information

Basic subject guide for the study of Philosophy

Getting to Know Your Topic

Specialized reference sources--like dictionaries and subject encyclopedias, provide overviews of topics and descriptions of concepts and ideas. They can also provide definitions, statistics, and other details. You can use this type of source to help narrow your research topic, find data to support your thesis, and identify keywords and main ideas to use as search terms.

The sources mentioned here normally also include bibliographies written by experts, which can provide a direct introduction to the important scholarly literature.

Online Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Online Encyclopedias and Dictionaries:

New at Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a collaborative website whose contributors are all experts in the field of philosophy. This resource is great for bibliographies and an overview of what's known. Below is a continuously updated list of newly published or edited articles.

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Special Topics in Philosophy

Special Topics in Philosophy: