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Guide to Research Resources for Philosophy

Digital Book Collections

Proquest E-Book Central: over 30,000 digital books on all topics including many works for philosophy

Eighteenth Century Collections Online: almost 150,000 titles published in the 1700's.

Past Masters: the largest collection of full-text electronic editions in philosophy in the world.

eScholarship Editions: collection includes almost 2000 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction.

SpringerLink ebooks -  indexes over 4,000 philosophy books, with approximately 50% available in digital fulltext

University Press Scholarship Online - over 22,000 ebooks with over 2,000 philosophy titles

HathiTrust partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

Find Books

The Library Search box identifies books, journals, journal articles, conferences, government documents, reports that are held at the U of C or that the U of C is licensed to provide electronic access to.

Bibliographies - Good guides to books on your topic, not restricted to items in our collection. Examples include:

  • Analytic Philosophy of Religion: a bibliography, 1940-1996
    • Call Number:BD 573 W65 1998 | Location: 2LB Reference Collection
  • Bibliographic Guide to the Comparative Study of Ethics
    • Call Number:BJ 6 B53 1991 | Location: 2LB Reference Collection


 Other Library Catalogues


  • The European Library  -  access to the catalogs and collections of the national libraries of European nations.
  • LocatorPlus - index to books in the National Library of Medicine collection. Good source for locating material on bioethics
  • University of Karlsruhe, Union Catalog Search - searches the union catalogs of universities in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and other European nations.
  • WorldCat -  union catalog of  millions of records from the catalogs of libraries primarily in the US and Canada but also libraries worldwide.  WorldCat is useful for determining  whether other libraries hold the work you are looking for.  You can then obtain the item(s) through
  • Centre for Research Libraries -  " The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) is a consortium of North American universities, colleges and independent research libraries. The consortium acquires and preserves newspapers, journals, documents, archives and other traditional and digital resources for research and teaching. These resources are then made available to member institutions cooperatively, through interlibrary loan and electronic delivery."

Note Interlibrary loans service is available at no charge to obtain a copy of books and articles the library does not have in its collection.

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