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Philosophy: Encyclopedias and More

This guide provides a user friendly list of suggested sites for research in philosophy.

Using an Encyclopedia

As a Background Source

The purpose of an encyclopedia is to provide basic information about a topic. Within the article, you should encounter important terms, the names of notable people, and background information on the topic. This can help you establish a foundation for your research.

Never Cite an Encyclopedia Article

Generally speaking, you don't want to cite an encyclopedia in a college level paper or research project. Most citations provided at the end of an entry in an encyclopedia are ones that would be appropriate to cite (if you make use of them). 

Use the Bibliography at the End of an Article

Sources included are considered classic books and articles on the topic.


Electronic and Print Reference Sources

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy 
B51 R68 1998

The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy
B41 C35 1995

Encyclopedia of Indian Philosophies
B131 E5

Guide to Buddhist Philosophy
B162 I52 1985

The Encyclopedia of Enlightenment
REF B802 W48 1996

The Handbook of Western Philosophy
B804 H17 1988

Subject Guide

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