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The library has lots of resources for people doing research in the area of Philosophy. This guide will point out the ones that I think will be most useful in helping you do research.
If you have any ideas about how to make this guide better, please get in contact with me (my contact information is just to the right).
Introduction to Research Tools in Philosophy
A good place to start your research is by using an Encyclopedia or Dictionary to learn more about your topic. An Encyclopedia Article in particular will enable you to understand the topic better, and should also provide you with some key terms (i.e. subject headings) that you can use in your research. Once you have a better understanding about your topic, you can then look for books and articles. They will likely be the most important resources you use in your research.
To find Books use the library catalog.
To find Journal Articles use a philosophy database like Philosopher's Index
While this guide has separate sections providing more detail about specific tools, some of the most highly used tools for Religious Studies are listed below:
BU Library Catalogue
Search the library catalog for books, journals, and online links
JSTOR Journals Collection
Includes more than 2,000 academic journals, dating back to the first volume ever published.
Periodicals Archive Online (PAO) Collection
Makes the backfiles of scholarly periodicals in the arts, humanities and social sciences available electronically, providing access to the searchable full text of hundreds of titles. - Coverage: 1802-1995
Philosopher's Index (EbscoHOST)
A current and comprehensive bibliographic database covering scholarly research in all major fields of philosophy. - Coverage: 1940 -
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, Classical and Modern Languages
, English and Creative Writing
, Gender and Women’s Studies
, Native Studies
, Political Science
, Rural Development
, Visual and Aboriginal Art