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PHIL 4230/6230 Aesthetics (Meskin): Finding Sources


Use this guide to help you locate and cite books, articles, images and other resources for your Aesthetics micro assignment and research paper.  Feel free to email me anytime this semester if you have library questions or would like to make an appointment to discuss your research (

Background Information

Dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference works are a great place to start for background and can help you:

  • understand the basics of your topic, in clear nontechnical language.
  • identify useful keywords that you can use to search for articles or books.
  • find the titles of scholarly books and articles on your topic (look in the bibliography).

Articles & Books

  • GILFind Catalog of what the UGA Libraries own and where we keep it.
  • GIL Express: Catalog of libraries across the University System of Georgia; click "Request" to get a book from another library.
  • WorldCat: A global catalog of library collections. Find materials in libraries in your community or around the world.
  • Google Books and HathiTrust Digitized print collections from a number of major university libraries. Both are useful for mining the contents of books on library shelves. Most of the books from the 20th-21st century are still in copyright and can only be viewed in snippets online. You can still often view tables of contents and introductions as well as search for keywords within the book. Once you've identified a book you can use, search GIL-Find to see if UGA owns it.

Citing Sources

See examples of how to format different types of sources (book, article, website, etc.) in various citation styles:

Chicago / Turabian Style‚Äč

MLA Style

Purdue Owl Website A credible and free source for citation formatting information in major styles (Chicago, MLA, APA, etc.)

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