Selected Information Resources for Philosophy


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Library Resources

Hawaii Voyager Catalog. Find books (including online books), pamphlets, videos and more in the University of Hawaii libraries.

Hint: if you want an item that's at another UH library, you can go there to use or borrow it, or use the request form in the catalog to have it transferred to WCC for you to pick up (click on "Get This Item" in the column on the right.

Ebrary. Over 32,000 full-text books on a wide range of topics.

CQ Researcher

In-depth reports on current and controversial issues. Log in with your UH username and password.

Opposing Viewpoints

This series of books presents collections of articles representing various philosophical viewpoints and ethical arguments surrounding many contemporary issues. Look for such titles as: Poverty, Genetic Engineering, Euthanasia, Homosexuality, and Food.

Find these books on the Research Topics Carrel near the Reference Desk.

Article and Reference Databases

EBSCO Databases Use these to find articles. In particular, try:

Academic Search Premier - A multi-disciplinary database with full-text articles from over 4,500 journals.

Religion and Philosophy Collection - includes coverage of such topics as epistemology, political philosophy, philosophy of language, moral philosophy and the history of philosophy.

Historic Documents has primary sources (those providing historic or first-hand accounts) on a variety of topics. From off-campus, log on with your UH username and password.

Additional Online Resources

Google Books Advanced Search. Limited preview or full-text books.

Hint: select "full view only" in the advanced search screen to get just whole books.

Ethics Matters

This site "is intended to provide resources and updates on current literature, both popular and professional, that relates to ethics."

Applied Ethics Resources on WWW

Links to information regarding various ethicals issues.

Neosis: Philosophical Research Online

"A search engine for open access, academic philosophy on the Internet."

Episteme Links

Collection of online resources in philosophy.

Google Scholar

Find scholarly journal articles, abstracts, and citations.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Social Science Research Network

Not specifically philosophy-related, but contains abstracts and some full-text scholarly articles on many controversial topics.

Reference Books

Credo Reference Collection

Find encyclopedia and dictionary entries. Login with your UH username and password.

WCC REF B21 M3 1961a
Masterpieces of World Philosophy in Summary Form. Edited by Frank N. Magill, with Ian P. McGreal, Associate Editor. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, c1961.

These 200 essays summarize and explain the significance of the writings of 139 masters of Eastern and Western thought (from the early Greeks to the present). Useful reference information is provided on authors, and a glossary of philosophical terms is at the front of the book.

WCC REF B29 W68 1982
World Philosophy: Essay-Reviews of 225 Major Works. Edited by Frank N. Magill, with Ian P. McGreal, Associate Editor. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Salem Press, 1982, c1961.

This 5 volume set continues the work started in Masterpieces of World Philosophy in Summary Form, with many added basic philosophy. It draws connections between works of literature and the philosophical works they emerged from. Articles are in chronological order.

WCC REF B41 .C35 1999
The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy. Edited by Robert Audi. Second edition. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 1999, c1995.

This book fairly new, accurate, and easy to use. It provides an updated examination of concepts and thinkers, including contemporary philosophers and newer areas of study, such as philosophy of the mind and applied ethics. It also contains many entries on non-Western and non-European philosophy.

The Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Edited by Paul Edwards. New York: The Macmillan Company & The Free Press, c1967.

This 9-volume encyclopedia attempts to cover the "whole of philosophy," as well as the relation between philosophy and other disciplines. It deals with the many revolutionary developments in the field to emerge in the 20th century (up to its publication in 1967).

WCC REF B41 .K48 1993
Key Ideas in Human Thought. Edited by Kenneth McLeish. New York: Facts on File, c1993.

This is another recent text, and it was written for the "nonspecialist." It explains "2,500 important terms and concepts in all areas of intellectual inquiry" throughout the ages. It attempts to explain why certain ideas have become so important. Suggested reading lists and heavy cross-referencing are helpful.

The Concise Encyclopedia of Western Philosophy and Philosophers. Edited by J.O. Urmson. New York: Hawthorn Books, Inc., c1960.

As the title indicates, the focus here is on Western philosophers, their works and ideas. There are illustrations or photographs of several philosophers.

WCC REF B41 L32 1976
Lacey, A. R. A Dictionary of Philosophy. London: Routledge, c1976.

This is a "pocket encyclopaedia of philosophy." It is intended for students who are new to the study of philosophy. The author takes many common terms and tries to explain what they mean to the philosopher.

WCC REF B41 R43 1980
Reese, William L. Dictionary of Philosophy and Religion: Eastern and Western Thought. New Jersey: Humanities Press, 1980.

This is an encyclopedic dictionary. Although major philosophers and religious leaders of all eras and locations are included, it isn't exhaustive.

WCC REF B51 .R68 1998
Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Edited by Edward Craig. London: Routledge, c1998.

This recent encyclopedia (10 volumes) offers an update to the Encyclopedia of Philosophy (published in 1967) mentioned above. It deals with philosophy as it has been traditionally taught in American academia, but it goes beyond that by including coverage of world philosophy as well. This means that Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian and Tibetan, Jewish, Arabic and Islamic, Russian, Latin American and African philosophies are included. References are provided for further reading.

WCC REF B5010 .L32 1999
Leaman, Oliver. Key Concepts in Eastern Philosophy. London: Routledge, c1999.

This text explains basic ideas of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism, Zoroastrianism, etc. The author discusses the differences between philosophy and religion throughout history. He also provides an interesting appraisal of the differences between Eastern and Western philosophies in the introduction.

WCC REF BJ64 .E45 1992
Encyclopedia of Ethics. Lawrence C. Becker, Editor, and Charlotte B. Becker, Associate Editor. New York: Garland Publishing, 1992.

This two volume set has articles on "meta-ethics, ethical theory, perennial moral problems, and political, social and legal theory." Most articles have bibliographies.

WCC REF BJ63 .E54 1994
Ethics. Edited by John K. Roth. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, Inc., 1994.

This three volume set deals with contemporary issues such as "animal rights, bioethics, environmental ethics, political and judicial ethics, the ethics of science and computing, civil and human rights, military ethics, ethics of sex and gender, and the ethics of the arts and censorship." Discussion isn't limited to Western/Judeo-Christian philosophies, but explore the ethics of other cultures and religions, as well.

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Studies of Selected Pivotal Ideas. Edited by Maryanne Cline Horowitz. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1973.

This three volume set mostly addresses concepts of Western philosophy. There are, however, cross-cultural analyses, as well as an examination of the evolution of ideas of philosophers throughout time.

WCC REF QH332 .E52 2004
Encyclopedia of Bioethics. Revised edition. Warren Thomas Reich, editor in chief. New York: Simon & Schuster Macmillan, 1995.

This 5 volume set focuses on ethics as they apply to health care and life sciences. Includes information on historical and contemporary perspectives, as well as perspectives by world religions.

Other Books

WCC B121 C664 1997
A Companion to World Philosophies. Edited by Eliot Deutsch and Ron Bontekoe. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 1997.

This covers the philosophies of cultures many cultures.

Great Books of the Western World. Robert Maynard Hutchins, Editor in Chief. Chicago: Encyclopaedia Brittanica, 1952.

What the great Western philosophers had to say, in their own words. Check the inside front cover to find out which volume contains the texts written by many famous philosophers.

Citing Your Sources 

Tell your audience or readers where you got your information, whether it's from a book, podcast, blog, journal article, personal interview, email exchange, photo, sound recording, video clip, or wherever. Why?

  • To give credit where credit is due.
  • To increase your own credibility in the eyes of your audience or readers.
  • To help your audience or readers find those items for their own research.
  • To avoid plagiarism. 

There are TWO parts to citing sources:

  • Cite the source of your information when/where you use it (called "In-text citation").
  • Provide a list of Works Cited 

WCC Library's Citing Sources Page

Check out NoodleBib Express! The librarians at WCC can also help you cite your sources (Tara, in particular, likes the tricky ones).

Updated Feb 24, 2010 by Tara Severns