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Library Research Guides
Philosophy: Finding Sources
An introduction to finding resources in the library and online to assist with philosophy research.
Research is a process of locating, evaluating, and synthesizing multiple pieces of information. There are many types of resources, including books, articles, websites, videos, and more, that contain useful information for academic research. Resources can be located through multiple methods, including:
OneSearch - a search engine that searches many resources accessible through the library, including books, articles, videos, etc.
Databases- collections of resources with their own search engine; some cover many subjects while others are more specialized.
Web - contains many resources that may or may not be useful for your assignment. If your assignment allows for or requires web resources, it is extremely important to be critical of what you find since anyone can publish anything online.
Because each of these sources has access to different resources and uses a different search algorithm, they will produce different results. Therefore, it is important to determine which method(s) you should use before you begin searching.