Pathfinder: Philosophy Resources



How to Find Books in the WPCC Library

Clip art of a bust a Greek statueUse our library catalog, found at one of our catalog terminals near the library entrance or online here. By default, the catalog opens to a simple keyword search. If you want to search by a specific title or author, choose the browse search mode under the “search” key at top of page. Try different keywords if your first search does not bring up any relevant results. There is great value in browsing the shelf area where you have found a relevant book. Look in the section of the shelves marked “B” to find books specifically about philosophy.


Selected Reference Books

  • The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy (call number: Ref. B 41 .C35 1995)
  • Dictionary of Philosophy and Religion: Eastern and Western Thought (call number: Ref. B 41 .R43 1980)
  • Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy (call number: Ref. B 163 .E53 1996)
  • The Encyclopedia of Philosophy (call number: Ref. B 41 .E5)
  • Great Thinkers of the Eastern World (call number: Ref. B 5005 .G74 1995)
  • Masterpieces of Western Philosophy in Summary Form (call number: Ref. B 21 .M3)
  • Thinkers of the Twentieth Century (call number: Ref. B 804 .T456 1983)
  • World Philosophy: Essay-Reviews of 225 Major Works (call number: Ref. B 21 . W6 1982)
  • Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics (call number: Ref. BJ 63 .E44 1998)


Where to Look for Periodical Articles

There are two main groups of online databases offered by the library: NCLIVE and the Academic OneFile. If you want to access these resources from home, please use the WPCC user name and password you use to access computers on campus..


Many resources are available from NCLIVE, but when searching for Magazine and Journal articles, choose the “Articles” link under “Browse”.   The recommended choice is then, “Proquest Central.”    Enter your keywords and always choose “full-text.”

Thompson Gale Academic OneFile Database

Academic OneFile is an excellent source for full-text articles. Start by searching for one or two keywords about your research topic in the advanced search, putting each one in a different search box. If your search retrieved too many articles, try narrowing your search by adding keywords. You might want to click the box that limits the search to full-text articles. Be aware that the way to the full text might involve a few steps. Just follow the links and ask a librarian if you cannot find the article. Available journals include the following:


Where to Look on the Internet

Several specific recommended sites are:


Putting It All Together

Some instructors specify the format that is expected for research papers submitted to them. Check with your instructor to ensure that you use the correct citation format.

  • MLA Style: Documenting Sources on the World Wide Web
  • A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Thesis, and Dissertations (Turabian) (Ref. LB 2369 .T8 1996)
    (online Turabian Quick Guide is available here)
  • Concise Rules of APA Syle (Ref. BF 7617 .C66 2005)
  • MLA Handbook (8th Edition) (Ref. LB 2369 .G53 2016)
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (Sixth Edition) (Ref. BF 76.7 .P83 2010)
  • Other citation styles can be reviewed online at the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).


Feel free to ask a librarian for assistance!

updated 10/2017

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