Research skills in philosophy for graduatesPresentation Transcript
Research Tools in Philosophy How to find resources for research
Library provision in philosophy
How to use libraries and eresources
Eresources for Philosophy
Philosophy Faculty Library
A specialist philosophy lending library for academics, graduates and undergraduates
Support for eresources in philosophy
The University Library
Legal deposit library
Over 7 million volumes
Special collections including G.E. Moore’s papers
Your research sources: 1
Books: Newton or LibrarySearch (includes eBooks)
Journals*: Newton or Library Search
ejournals@cambridge but you have to know (and search by) the journal title , not the journal article title
Finding Ebooks All ebooks (except Oxford Scholarship) may be found using Newton or LibrarySearch.
Oxford Scholarship Online: ebooks
Selected books published by OUP
100s of philosophy titles
www.oxfordscholarship.com OSO books are not currently searchable in the Library catalogue
Your research sources: 2
Where can I find? Not in the library catalogue!
A Brief look at Databases
Types of Database
Citation Databases —They contain only bibliographic information, and sometimes an abstract of articles, but without the actual text of the article. The @cam – find full text may link to the whole article. E.g. Philosopher’s Index, Scopus etc.
Full-Text Databases – These databases contain the journal articles e.g. JSTOR
You might start from
University Library webpage
Philosophy Library webpage
Find your subject area www.library.cam.ac.uk
Explore your subject
Philosophers’ Index ( http://search.proquest.com ) Covers over 550 journals in philosophy and related subjects, some monographs and some anthologies. Coverage 1940-
PhilPapers ( http://philpapers.org )– Free, access to over 200,000 articles. Monitors journal archives, personal pages.
Web of Knowledge ( http://wok.mimas.ac.uk ) multidisciplinary coverage of over 10,000 journals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Coverage 1975-
Scopus ( www.scopus.com ) Largest abstract & citation database for sciences/social sciences, indexing over 3000 arts and humanities journals. Coverage 2002-
Archive of some dating back to 1600s. Does not usually include journals from last 3-5 years.
Project Muse (http://muse.jhu.edu)
355 titles from over 70 publishers in arts, humanities and social sciences.
Good search strategies save time
Decide what you are searching for before you start. Know what your source covers
Thinking about your topic
= ethics OR morality OR behaviour
= euthanasia OR cloning OR medical ethics OR eugenics …
More effective searching
Filters e.g. date, source type, language etc.
Individual source : Specific journals or publications
Boolean operators : Using operators like AND to narrow, OR to widen, and NOT to include or exclude terms in your search. (see diagram above)
Quotation marks : Enclosing terms in quotation marks will find a phrase.
Wildcard/truncation: Finds the root of a word and various possible endings e.g. politi*, s?epticism.
AND OR NOT
Searching Philosopher’s Index
Refining the search
Filters Basic Search If you enter more than one word, Proquest will find documents that contain all terms. Use quotation marks to search for a phrase. Advanced Search Use the Advanced Search to search a particular field e.g. Author and for more complex searches. Suggested subject searches
More about the Philosophers Index
Combining search options using the Advanced Search
‘ vat’ in title ‘ Putnam’ as subject Combines the search terms
Philosophers Index Exporting records View ‘marked’ items here Print, e-mail, save or export to RefWorks Check boxes to ‘mark’ items.
Other Bibliographic databases
Web of Knowledge
British Humanities Index
Results can be refined here General Arts and Humanities databases are good for interdisciplinary topics although you tend to get more irrelevant results.
Get the most out of Google Google Scholar ( http://scholar.google.co.uk ) Finds articles, theses, some books, abstracts etc.
Managing your information
EndNote Available on PWF PCs. EndNote Web is also freely available via the Web of Knowledge.
Zotero ( www.zotero.com ). Freely available if you use Firefox as your browser.
Mendeley ( www.mendeley.com ). Free download.
Delicious ( www.delicious.com ) Save and tag URLs
More information on reference management tools is available from
See the University’s good academic practice and plagiarism website. For information on plagiarism: www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/plagiarism
See the Philosophy Faculty's guide to 'Presentation of extended essays and dissertations' for guidance referencing conventions used here.