Skip to Main Content

PHIL 2010: Introduction to Philosophy (Brient): Sources

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).

Books & Articles

  • 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.

Philosophy Companions & Guides

If you are looking for an introduction to a particular philosopher or philosophical topic, companions, guides, and handbooks cover key thinkers, concepts, and topics.  Try searching the library catalog for these series:

  • Blackwell Companions to Philosophy
  • Blackwell Philosophy Guides
  • Oxford Readings in Philosophy
  • Routledge Companions in Philosophy 
  • Cambridge Companions 

Some examples....

Your Librarian

Profile Photo
Emily Hopkins
Main Library
Collection Development

Online Office Hours
By appointment:

Related Guides