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Holland library contains many resources for students and faculty interested in Philosophy. If you have any questions not answered on the WSU Libraries website or would like to request a book or journal on any subject related to Philosophy, please contact Bob Matuozzi. For questions about the Philosophy program, please see Department of Philosophy.

Library Resources

  • Library Catalog

    Search It. The library catalog includes holdings for all the WSU Library sites, in Pullman and across the state. Please note: Electronic journals and other 'virtual' resources are included in this catalog.


 Library of Congress Classification
Mapped to Holland & Terrell Library

Click on any of the links below to see where these subjects are physically located in Holland & Terrell Library.  The reference books in these classifications are located in the reference area on the first floor of Holland & Terrell Library just off the Atrium.  (The first floor level is the main entrance to the library.)  

A - General Works J - Political Science R - Medicine
B - Philosophy, Psychology, Religion K - Law S - Agriculture
C - Auxiliary Sciences of History L - Education T- Technology
D - World History M - Music and Books on Music U - Military Science
E - History of the Americas N - Fine Arts W - WSU
G - Geography, Anthropology, Recreation P - Language and Literature Z - Bibliography
H - Social Sciences Q - Science

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These research databases and eBooks are made available by subscription or purchase through the WSU Libraries.

Research Databases

  • Philosopher's Index (1940 - current)
    Bibliography of scholarly works in journals, books, anthologies, contributions to anthologies and book reviews (1960s- ). Indexes aesthetics, axiology, epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphilosophy, metaphysics, philosophical anthropology, philosophy of education, philosophy of history, philosophy of language, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, political philosophy, and social philosophy. Search Tips
  • PhilPapers - Philosophical Research Online
    PhilPapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy maintained by the community of philosophers. Using advanced trawling techniques and large scale crowdsourcing, we monitor all sources of research content in philosophy, including journals, books, open access archives, and personal pages maintained by academics.
  • Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)
    A comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals and a total of more than 13,200 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc. Search Tips
    JSTOR offers high-quality, interdisciplinary full-text content from over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous and unrelated titles. Search Tips
  • Project Muse
    Provides full-text access to several hundred titles from 60 university and society presses in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Topical areas include literature, history, politics and policy studies, economics, education, film, religion, and women’s studies as well as book reviews. Search Tips
  • MLA International Bibliography (1926 - current)
    Comprehensive coverage of modern languages and literature, including folklore. Linguistics and language materials range from history and theory of linguistics, comparative linguistics, semantics, stylistics, and syntax to translation. Other topics include literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts (film, radio, television, theater), and book history. Search Tips
  • Oxford Reference Online Library Collection
    Provides access to dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works along with topical companions and a dictionary of quotations, offering full-spectrum subject coverage. The Oxford Reference Library combines over 2 million entries and some 300,000 pages (many of which are illustrated) into a single cross-searchable resource consisting of 180 core academic titles. Search Tips.
  • Iter Bibliography (Medieval and Renaissance)
    Specialized bibliography comprised of secondary source material pertaining to the Middle Ages and Renaissance (400-1700). Over 1.1 million citations for books and journal material (articles, reviews, review articles, bibliographies, catalogues, abstracts and discographies) are included, as are citations for dissertation abstracts and essays in books (including entries in conference proceedings, festschriften, encyclopedias and exhibition catalogues).
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research, including research in the arts and humanities. Some full-text content available. Search Tips
  • Humanities International Index
    Covers journals, books, and other important reference sources in the humanities, with indexing and abstracts for more than 2,300 journals encompassing millions of cumulative records. International in scope, contains citations to articles, essays and reviews, and original creative works including poetry, fiction, photographs, paintings, and illustrations. Search Tips
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Index Retrospective (1907 - 1984)
    Provides access to scholarly journals and specialized magazines that treat a wide range of topics in the humanities and social sciences. Specific topical areas include art, classical studies, dance, film, folklore, literary & social criticism, literature, music, performing arts, philosophy, and religion & theology. Full-text content available. Indexes reviews. Search Tips
  • ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I
    This database is the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1861 to the present day. About ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Database Also provides access to full text of WSU authored dissertations. Some WSU full text may have an embargo period. Search Tips
  • Historical Abstracts
    Contains citations and abstracts to publications covering the history of the world (excluding the United States and Canada) from 1450 to the present. Publications indexed were published from 1954 to the present. Search Tips
  • The Times Digital Archive, 1785 - 1985
    The Times of London has covered all major international events from the French Revolution to the Falklands War. Every complete page of every issue is full-text searchable — every headline, article, editorial, announcement, image, and advertisement. Includes coverage of theater, literature, music, art, and other cultural topics and events. Also has obituaries.
  • New York Times (Historical)
    1851 - three years previous. Offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions providing access to every page from every available issue. Via ProQuest. Search Tips
  • America: History & Life
    Historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Contains citations and abstracts to journal aritcles, books reviews and dissertations published from 1954-present. Search Tips
  • Sociological Abstracts (1963 - current)
    Offers access to the international literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences, with abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,809 serial publications. Also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers. Updated 6 times a year. Search Tips
  • Web of Science
    Includes Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences and Science Citation indexes. This multidisciplinary database has searchable author abstract covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities, sciences and social sciences. Updated weekly. Search Tips
  • ArchiveGrid (OCLC)
    Provides detailed descriptions of numerous archival collections held by thousands of libraries, museums, historical societies and archives worldwide. With its online archival collection descriptions, ArchiveGrid helps you to locate collections of primary source material more quickly than ever before. Records include collection title, holding institution, brief description, and a link to an extended description. Search Tips


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Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2nd ed. - Donald M. Borchert, editor in chief
Call Number: B51 .E53 2006 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0028657802
Contains more than 2,100 entries -- including more than 450 new articles. Among the many topics covered are African, Islamic, Jewish, Russian, Chinese, and Buddhist philosophies; bioethics and biomedical ethics; art and aesthetics; epistemology; metaphysics; peace and war; social and political philosophy; the Holocaust; feminist thought; and much more. Additionally, the second edition also features 1,000 biographical entries on major figures in philosophical thought throughout history.

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New Dictionary of the History of Ideas - Maryanne Cline Horowitz, editor in chief
Call Number: CB9 .N49 2005 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0684314525
A six-volume survey of the history of Western thought and culture, presented through 700 alphabetically arranged entries. Each entry explores the origin, cultural interpretations, and historical themes of such subjects as beauty, love, feminism, diversity, and social capital, among many others. Print version in reference.

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Concise Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Call Number: B51 .C58 2000 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0415223644
Features over 2000 original articles from over 1300 leading international experts across the discipline of philosophy. The articles cover an unparalleled breadth of subject matter, including Anglo-American, ethical and political, cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, continental and contemporary philosophy. With a summary providing a rapid orientation at the beginning of every in-depth.

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Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment - Alan Charles Kors, ed.
Call Number: B802 .E53 2005 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0195104307
Covering the “long” Enlightenment, from the rise of Descartes' disciples in 1670 to the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy in 1815, these 700 articles by leading scholars range from discussions of mercantilism and democracy to the battlefield to the dissemination of ideas in salons and coffeehouses. Breaking conventional geographical boundaries, coverage includes not only Western Europe but also North America, Brazil, and Iberian, Russian, Jewish, and Eastern European cultures.

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The Oxford Companion to Philosophy - Ted Honderich, ed.
Call Number: B51 .O94 1995 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0198661320
Gives clear and reliable guidance to all areas of philosophy and to the ideas of all notable philosophers from antiquity to the present day.

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The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy - Simon Blackburn
Call Number: B41 .B53 1996 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0192831348
Covers every aspect of philosophy from Aristotle to Zen. Entries include over 500 biographies of famous and influential philosophers, in-depth analysis of philosophical terms and concepts, a chronology of philosophical events stretching from 10,000 BC to the present day, and ...

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Dictionary of World Philosophy - A. Pablo Iannone
Call Number: B41 .I26 2001 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0415179955
Approximately 250 terms from Western and Eastern philosophy are listed alphabetically and defined. Entries describe the history of the concept, crucial debates, and major figures associated with it. Entries are cross-referenced, and other sources are listed.

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The Edinburgh Encyclopedia of Continental Philosophy - Simon Glendinning, ed.
Call Number: B803 .E35x 1999 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 1579581528
Covers--in depth and at length-the most important authors and movements of this tradition. Fifty-eight extensive chapters and an internationally recognized team of contributors make this the most comprehensive,single-volume reference tool available on the subject, providing extensive coverage of all the key thinkers, from Kant, Hegel, and Sartre, to Derrida and Baudrillard. Its scope is broad, ranging from Classical Idealism to the present.

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Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon (eBook) - Barbara Cassin, ed.
This is an encyclopedic dictionary of close to 400 important philosophical, literary, and political terms and concepts that defy easy--or any--translation from one language and culture to another. Drawn from more than a dozen languages spanning the classical, medieval, early modern, modern, and contemporary periods, these are terms that influence thinking across the humanities. The entries, written by more than 150 distinguished scholars, describe the origins and meanings of each term, the history and context of its usage, its translations into other languages, and its use in notable texts.

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A Kant Dictionary - Howard Caygill
Call Number: B2751 .C38 2000 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 063122386X
Presents Kantian concepts and terminology in terms that will introduce and clarify his ideas for students and general readers alike. The book illustrates the historical nature of philosophical language, showing the origins of particular terms and ideas, how these were transmitted to Kant, and how he altered them in the course of reception.

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A Hegel Dictionary - Michael Inwood
Call Number: B2901 .I58 1992 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0631175334
The life and work of Hegel are presented in a scholarly yet accessible manner. Entries cover key ideas and thoughts, as well as the main themes of his work. A comprehensive biographical sketch is also included.

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Historical Dictionary of Heidegger’s Philosophy - Frank Shalow and Alfred Denker
Call Number: B3279.H49 D455 2010 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0810859637
An encyclopedia of the life and work of the influential German philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) as well as his contemporaries and people who influenced him or were influenced by him. Also offers explanations of his often obscure concepts, abstracts of his most important writings, an extensive list of writings available today, a complete list of English translations, a chronology, and a German-English glossary.

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A Hobbes Dictionary - A.P. Martinich
Call Number: B1246 .M37 1995 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 063119262X
Provides a comprehensive and cohesive expository account of about one hundred and fifty key concepts covering the entire range of Hobbes's thought, from philosophy, political theory and science, to theology, history and mathematics.

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The Oxford Companion to the Mind - Richard L. Gregory, ed.
Call Number: BF31 .O94 2005 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0198662246
Discusses concepts such as language, memory, and intelligence, consciousness, brain scanning, and artificial intelligence, artificial life, attachment theory, caffeine, cruelty, drama, extra-terrestrial intelligence, genetics of mental illness, imagination, lying, puzzles, and twins, emphasizing cultural and scientific approaches.

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Oxford Companion to Consciousness - Tim Bayne, Axel Cleeremans, and Patrick Wilken, eds.
Call Number: BF311 .O937 2009 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0198569513
An authoritative survey of contemporary research on consciousness. Includes over 250 concise entries written by leaders in the field, covering both fundamental knowledge as well as more recent advances in this rapidly changing area

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Arts and Humanities through the Eras - Edward Bleiberg, ed.
Call Number: NX440 .A787 2005 (Electronic resource)
Offers a multidimensional picture of primarily Western civilization, covering Ancient Egypt (2675-332 B.C.E.), Ancient Greece and Rome (1200 B.C.E.-476 C.E.), Medieval Europe (814-1450 C.E.), Renaissance Europe (1300-1600 C.E.), and The Age of the Baroque and Enlightenment (1600-1800 C.E.). Provides access to each historical period through the study of nine different arts and humanities topics: "Architecture and Design," "Dance," "Fashion," "Literature," "Music," "Philosophy," "Religion," "Theater," and "Visual Arts."

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Oxford English Dictionary - Oxford University Press.
Call Number: PE1625 .O87 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0198611862
Provides etymologies and examples of usage for English words. Especially useful for determining what possible meanings an author may have intended in a given work written at a given time. The online OED is updated on a quarterly basis. The OED is the premier historical dictionary of the English language.

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Oxford Classical Dictionary - Simon Hornblower and Antony Spawforth, eds.
Call Number: DE5 .O9 2005 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0198606419
In over 6,200 entries, provides both scholars and non-specialists with a comprehensive source of reference which aims to answer all their questions about the classical world. Written by the very best of classical scholars from all over the world, the Dictionary provides coverage of Greek and Roman history, literature, myth, religion, linguistics, philosophy, law, science, art and archaeology, and topics in near eastern studies and late antiquity.

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Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World - John Roberts, ed.
Call Number: DE5 .O92 2007 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0192801465
From the first Olympic Games in 776 BC to the death of Marcus Aurelius in AD 180, this accessible and wide-ranging reference work draws on the groundbreaking Oxford Classical Dictionary to present more than 2,500 entries on the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome. The dictionary covers key aspects of ancient Greek and Roman life and literature, such as science, social structure, philosophy, and religion, and contains comprehensive articles on central....

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Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - H.C.G. Matthew and Brian Harrison, eds.
Call Number: DA28 .O95 2004- (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 019861411X
55,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to the year 2002.

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American National Biography - General editors, John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes
Call Number: CT213 .A68 1999 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0195206355
Short Biographical sketches of over 18,300 men and women -- from all eras and walks of life -- whose lives have shaped the United States. Contains thousands of illustrations, 80,000 hyperlinked cross-references, and links to select web sites. Updated quarterly.

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Who's Who in the Classical World - Simon Hornblower and Tony Spawforth, eds.
Call Number: DE7 .W48 2003 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0192801074
Holds biographical entries on nearly 500 individuals of central importance from the civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome, including writers, thinkers, artists, scientists, statesmen, kings, queens, and other historical figures.

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Encyclopedia Britannica Online - Academic ed. - Encyclopædia Britannica
Call Number: AE5 .E363 (Electronic resource)
EBO provides access to over 75,000 articles from the Encyclopædia Britannica; headlines from the New York Times, the BBC, the SBS Australian News Service, and full-text articles from more than 700 magazines and periodicals provided by EBSCO and Proquest; World data; Gateway to the classics; 166,000 Web sites selected by Britannica editors; over 27,000 images and maps, plus 3,300 animations, videos, and audio files; and world atlas. Includes Merriam-Webster's collegiate dictionary and thesaurus.


Reference Books

The Holland and Terrell Library print reference collection is located on the 1st floor of Terrell (main library entrance) behind the reference desk.

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Philosophy: A Guide to the Reference Literature, 3rd ed. - Hans E. Bynagle
Call Number: Hol Ref B72 .B95x 2006
ISBN: 1563089548
With roughly 700 entries, some 300 new to this edition and 50 others revised and updated, this work provides an overview of print and online philosophical reference sources published over the past decade. Also new to this edition is the topical arrangement of the entries, presented in sections covering general references, history of philosophy (western and non- western), branches of philosophy, and miscellanea. The last covers sundry currents, schools, and movements and directories and miscellaneous reference sources and the fist three are also subdivided in standard ways. Entries provide publishing information alongside evaluative annotations.

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The Philosopher's Index (1967-2008) - Philosopher's Information Center
Call Number: Hol Ref B1 .P4
Standard bibliography of scholarly works in philosophy. Coverage dates back to 1940 and includes print and electronic journals, books, anthologies, contributions to anthologies and book reviews for titles published from the 1950s forward. Includes scholarly articles on aesthetics, axiology, epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics, metaphilosophy, philosophical anthropology, philosophy of education, philosophy of history, philosophy of language, philosophy of religion¸ philosophy of science, political philosophy and social philosophy.

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Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2nd ed. (10 vols.) - Donald M. Borchert, editor in chief
Call Number: Hol Ref B51 .E53 2006
ISBN: 0028657802
Contains more than 2,100 entries -- including more than 450 new articles. Among the many topics covered are African, Islamic, Jewish, Russian, Chinese, and Buddhist philosophies; bioethics and biomedical ethics; art and aesthetics; epistemology; metaphysics; peace and war; social and political philosophy; the Holocaust; feminist thought; and much more. Additionally, the second edition also features 1,000 biographical entries on major figures in philosophical thought throughout history. Also see eBook version above.

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New Dictionary of the History of Ideas - Maryanne Cline Horowitz, ed.
Call Number: Hol Ref CB9 .N49 2005
ISBN: 0684313774
A six-volume survey of the history of Western thought and culture, presented through 700 alphabetically arranged entries. Each entry explores the origin, cultural interpretations, and historical themes of such subjects as beauty, love, feminism, diversity, and social capital, among many others. See eBook above.

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Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy - general editor, Edward Craig
Call Number: Hol Ref B51 .R68 1998
ISBN: 0415073103
A global encyclopedia of metaphysical thought--not just philosophy, but theology as well, with over 2,000 individual articles, including entries for Cheng Hao and Baal Shem Tov along with René Descartes and Immanuel Kant, and it discusses Mahayana Buddhism as ably as it discusses deconstruction theory. Also see an abridged eBook version above.

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Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers - John R Shook and Richard T Hull, eds.
Call Number: Hol Ref B851 .D53 2005
ISBN: 9781843710370
The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers, which contains 1082 entries by over 500 authors, provides an account of philosophical thought in the United States and Canada between 1860 and the present. A dictionary for early American philosophers from the colonial period to the Civil War is in preparation. An envisioned dictionary for Latin America will encompass Mexico to complete the coverage of North America.

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Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy - Oliver Leaman, ed.
Call Number: Hol Ref B121 .E53 2001
ISBN: 0415172810
From Abhidharma to Zurvan, this important new resource identifies and defines the principal concepts and individuals in Asian philosophy throughout the world. The comprehensive geographic coverage encompasses China, Japan, India, the Middle East, the United States and Australasia, with an emphasis on contemporary developments and movements.

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of African Thought - F. Abiola Irele and Biodun Jeyifo, eds.
Call Number: Hol Ref DT14 .I74 2010
ISBN: 0195334736
Offers a comprehensive view of African thought, covering the intellectual tradition both on the continent in its entirety and throughout the African Diaspora in the Americas and in Europe. The term "African thought" has been interpreted in the broadest sense to embrace all those forms of discourse - philosophy, political thought, religion, literature, and important social movements.

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Encyclopedia of Medieval Philosophy: Philosophy Between 500 and 1500 (2 vols.) - Henrik Lagerlund, ed.
Call Number: Hol Ref B721 .E53 2011
ISBN: 140209728X
Covers all areas of philosophy in the Middle Ages and part of the Renaissance, ranging from 500 to 1500 CE, with general entries on medieval philosophers and medieval philosophies and on the key terms and concepts in the subject area along with in-depth details and analyses of particular theories. Social and cultural context are provided through material on the teaching of philosophy during this period, including the career of philosophers and the place of philosophy in medieval universities.

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Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy - Donald J. Zeyl, Daniel T. Devereux, and Phillip T. Mitsis, eds.
Call Number: Hol Ref B163 .E53 1997
ISBN: 0313287759
Contains hundreds of articles on philosophy in Greek and Roman antiquity by leading contemporary scholars.

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Encyclopedia of Aesthetics - Michael Kelly, ed.
Call Number: Hol Ref BH56 .E53 1998
ISBN: 0195113071
Surveys the full breadth of critical thought on art, culture, and society--from classical philosophy to contemporary critical theory. Featuring 600 original articles by distinguished scholars from many fields and countries, it is a comprehensive survey of majorconcepts, thinkers, and debates about the meaning, uses, and value of all the arts--from painting and sculpture to literature, music, theater, dance, television, film, and popular culture.

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The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics - Jerrold Levinson, ed.
Call Number: Hol Ref BH56 .O94 2003
ISBN: 0198250258
A comprehensive guide on the theory, application, history, and future of aesthetics in philosophical and artistic contexts.

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Encyclopedia of Ethics (3 vols.) - Lawrence C. Becker and Charlotte B. Becker, eds.
Call Number: Hol Ref BJ63 .E45 2001
ISBN: 0415936721
435 signed articles on topics in meta-ethics, ethical theory, perennial moral problems, and political, social, and legal theory. There are survey articles on trends and eras; summaries of leading concepts, principles, and theoretical problems; and biographical entries for philosophers whose place in the history of ethics is secure, as well as a few contemporaries whose seniority and eminence make their inclusion appropriate.

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Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics (4 vols.) - Ruth Chadwick, ed.
Call Number: Hol Ref BJ63 .E445x 1998
ISBN: 0122270657
Based on twelve major categories, such as Biomedical Ethics and Environmental Ethics. Religious traditions that embody normative beliefs, as well as classical theories of ethics, are explored in a non-judgmental manner. Each of the twelve categories is divided into discrete areas that are covered by 281 five- to six-thousand word articles.

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RoutledgeCurzon Encyclopedia of Confucianism (2 vols.) - Xinzhong Yao, ed.
Call Number: Hol Ref BL1840 .R68 2003
ISBN: 0700711996
Covers Confucianism as a whole, in 1235 entries on its history, doctrines, schools, rituals, sacred places and terminology, and on the new thinking taking place in China and other Eastern Asian countries.

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Encyclopedia of Taoism (2 vols.) - Fabrizio Pregadio, ed.
Call Number: Hol Ref BL1920 .E539 2008
ISBN: 0700712003
Provides comprehensive coverage of Taoist religion, thought and history, reflecting the current state of Taoist scholarship, with approximately 1,750 entries, which fall into the following broad categories: surveys of general topics; schools and traditions; persons; texts; terms; deities; immortals; temples and other sacred sites.

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The History of Western Philosophy of Religion - Graham Oppy and Nick Trakakis, eds.
Call Number: Hol Ref BL51 .H575 2009
ISBN: 0195394283
Comprehensive history of the philosophy of religion, the History of Western Philosophy of Religion covers Ancient, Medieval, Early Modern, Nineteenth Century and Twentieth Century philosophy of religion. Written by an international range of leading scholars, the entries, each devoted to a major philosopher of religion, have been chosen to reflect the breadth and variety of perspectives in the history of Western philosophy of religion. In addition to entries on major philosophers and schools, thinkers whose work has greatly influenced the philosophy of religion....

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Confucian Studies: Critical Concepts in Asian Philosophy (4 vols.) - Xinzhong Yao and Weiming Tu, eds.
Call Number: Hol BL1853 .C66 2011
ISBN: 041545574X
Volume I (‘Reassessing Confucian Traditions’) covers Confucianism in History and the focus of Volume II is on ‘Reinterpreting Confucian Ideas’. Volume III is titled ‘Reconstructing Confucian Ethics’, while the final volume in the collection brings the best scholarship on ‘Reappraising Confucian Ideals'. Note: this title not in reference collection.

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Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment - Alan Charles Kors, ed.
Call Number: Hol Ref B802 .E53 2003
ISBN: 0195104307
Covering the “long” Enlightenment, from the rise of Descartes' disciples in 1670 to the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy in 1815, these 700 articles by leading scholars range from discussions of mercantilism and democracy to the battlefield to the dissemination of ideas in salons and coffeehouses. Breaking conventional geographical boundaries, coverage includes not only Western Europe but also North America, Brazil, and Iberian, Russian, Jewish, and Eastern European cultures. Also see eBook version above.

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The Blackwell Dictionary of Western Philosophy - Nicholas Bunnin and Jiyuan Yu, eds.
Call Number: Hol Ref B41 .B79 2004
ISBN: 1405106794
A concise reference to the whole history of western philosophy, from ancient Greece to the present day, spanning all the major branches of western philosophical inquiry and all of the key figures.

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The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy - Robert Audi, ed.
Call Number: Hol Ref B41 .C35 1995
ISBN: 052163136X
Concisely defines both technical terms and crucial concepts on all levels and across all fields. It includes substantial explanatory articles on all major philosophers as well as hundreds of minor figures.


Indexes & Book Reviews

Print and electronic information about scholarly journals, book review citations, and retrospective periodicals indexing.

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Ulrich's Periodicals Directory - ProQuest / Serials Solutions
Call Number: Z6941 .U51 (Electronic resource)
Standard library directory and comprehensive information database on popular magazines, academic journals, and other serial publications like business and trade magazines. Includes ISSNs, title variants and other publishing information, formats, and whether titles are peer-reviewed or available on open access. Multiple access points, including title, subject, and ISSN searching. Continuously updated.

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Readers' Guide Retrospective (1890-1982) - H.W. Wilson Company
Call Number: AI3 .R43 (Electronic resource)
Comprehensive indexing of the most popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States, reflecting the history of 20th century America. Access to over 3 million articles from approximately 375 leading magazines; many of the articles are peer reviewed. Search Tips

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Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature (1900/1904 - 2005) - H.W. Wilson Co.
Call Number: Holland/Terrell Libraries Compact-Storage D856*
ISBN: 00340464
Standard reference index to popular publications from a variety of fields and disciplines. *Note location in circulating collections.

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Book Review Digest Retrospective: 1905-1982 - H.W. Wilson Company
Call Number: Z1219 .C965 (Electronic resource)
Virtually every major idea that shaped the 20th century found expression in books. The reactions to those ideas are reflected in the reviews of those books, and this new database makes it easy to search this vast record of information. Reflecting nearly eight decades of H.W. Wilson’s Book Review Digest, this database provides excerpts from and citations to reviews of adult and juvenile fiction and non-fiction. Reviews of 300,000 books. Search Tips

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Book Review Digest Plus (1983- ) - H.W. Wilson Company
Call Number: Electronic resource
Provides access to book reviews on a wide range of topics and from a variety of sources on academic works, fiction and non-fiction, the humanities and social sciences, foreign language reviews, and narrow and specialized subjects. Updated daily. Search Tips

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Book Review Digest (1905 - 2004) - H.W. Wilson Co.
Call Number: Holland/Terrell Libraries Compact-Storage D869
ISBN: 00067326
Cites and provides excerpts of reviews of current English-language fiction and nonfiction books for children and adults. An abstract of each book is also provided. Periodical coverage includes leading magazines from the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.

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Book Review Index (1965-2003) - Gale Cengage Learning
Call Number: Hol Ref Z1035.A1 B6
ISBN: 05240581
Provides quick access to reviews of books, periodicals, books on tape and electronic media representing a wide range of popular, academic and professional interests. Coverage and citations for both newly published and older materials


Searching the Audiobooks Collection in the Libraries


Go to the Advanced Search screen of Search It and select in subject from the drop-down menu. Type audiobooks in the search box.  Your search should look like the sample image above.


International Directory of Philosophy

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International Directory of Philosophy
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The new International Directory of Philosophy contains information in university departments, journals, research centers, professional societies, and philosophy publishers in North and South American, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. Specifically, the IDF includes approximately 28,000 philosophers in over 130 countries; 2,900 university philosophy departments and programs; 990 philosophy journals; 420 societies / associations; 350 research centers / institutes; and 700 philosophy publishers.

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Very Short Introductions

Concise introductory monographs on a wide range of topics, including the arts and humanities.

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Plato: A Very Short Introduction
Call Number: B395 .A646 2003
ISBN: 019280216X

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Research Guides

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The Oxford Guide to Library Research, 3rd ed. - Thomas Mann
Call Number: Z710 .M23 2005
ISBN: 0195189981

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The Modern Researcher, 6th ed. - Jacques Barzun and Henry F. Graff
Call Number: LB2369 .B28 2004
ISBN: 9780495318705

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The Craft of Research, 3rd ed. - Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams
Call Number: Q180.55.M4 B66 2008 (Electronic resource)
ISBN: 0226065669
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