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Philosophy: Home

Resources for the study of Philosophy


This guide provides a brief overview of the types of material available for Philosophy through the Michener Library. 

Browse Core Philosophy Journals

Quick Links

Citing Sources

Finding Articles

Browse the Michener Stacks

Browse the Book Stacks

Often looking through the shelves can turn up works that would not have been found any other way. Using the Library of Congress subject system, Philosophy is generally shelved in the B call number area with other related fields in BC-BJ. The Library of Congress provides a detailed online list of the subclasses in these areas so you can see how this is organized. Traditional philosophy and related topics can be found primarily in the following call number areas:

B -- General Philosophy, including history
BC--Logic, formal and informal
BD--Metaphysics and epistemology
BF--Philosophy of mind (known as psychology)


These specialized reference works provide definitions of concepts and methods. Such works can help you select a topic for research, define and structure your topic, or place your topic in historical perspective. Some of these sources may also include a bibliography listing more books and articles pertinent to your subject.


When searching for books about a specific writer, start by searching one or more of the following library catalogs using the author's name as a subject heading e.g. Melville, Herman.  

When searching for books by an author, conduct an author search in the catalog. This same search is useful when looking for editors, translators, and film directors.

For Books From the UNC Libraries:

For Books From Other Libraries:

  • Prospector is a catalog of many academic, public, and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. With a single search you can identify and borrow materials from the collections and have them delivered to your local library. (more about Prospector).
  • lets you search the collections of libraries around the world.

For Online Books:

  • NetLibrary A collection of over 7,000 online reference, scholarly, and professional books. To take advantage of some features, users must set up an account (at no charge) under the "Create an Account" link.
  • Google Book Search Search for books to find basic publication data and information about borrowing through a library or purchasing. In addition, you can see sample pages from certain books, and the full text of books that are out of copyright or for which Google has permission from the publisher.

Subject Guide

Sara O'Donnell
110 Michener Library