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Where to begin?

General reference resources, like encyclopedias and dictionaries, can be useful to gather background information and develop an overall understanding of the topic. Refer to the Books Page of this Guide for help searching for additional books/general reference materials.  

Some potentially useful databases for locating philosophy-related articles have been listed. This list is based on the library's current subscriptions. Contact the subject librarian to discuss other potential avenues for research if a particular database is needed that the UT Tyler Library does not currently subscribe to.

The Library Website

One of the most common questions we get is: Where do I start?


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Databases by Title || Journals by Title || Research Guides by Subject

This will depend on how much you already know about your subject and what type of resources you need.

Above is a working copy of the search box from our library website, also known as Swoop Search. Swoop Search is what we call a federated search box, meaning that it's set up to search most of the library's resources at one time. If you're unfamiliar with your topic, or if you're unsure exactly which subject area it falls under, this is a great place to start. Your results may be books, journal articles, newspaper articles, theses or dissertations, book reviews, you name it! Once you've run your general search, use the filters on the results screen to narrow down your choices. You can also click on Advanced Search to do a targeted search across multiple types of resources.

If you're already pretty familiar with your topic, or if you have a citation you're trying to track down, use the Databases by Title or Journals by Title links to go straight to those resources. You can also find this guide and others on the Research Guides by Subject link!