Subject Guide for Philosophy
- Writing & Citing
Philosophy is a word that is much abused and overused in everyday speech. Below are tools for research in the academic discipline of philosophy. Included here are tools for searching in some related fields that may be of great value to philosophers, such as religion and classical history.
You can also:
Suggest a title for purchase
Request a library instruction session
Before you start to research a topic, you need to develop keywords that represent your research interest, question, or inquiry.
Keywords are significant words (usually nouns or noun phrases) which can be used as search terms in online catalogs or databases. Keywords will determine the quantity and relevance of results you retrieve when searching.
Every database has its own set of keywords. For successful searching, try to make sure your keywords match those of the database.
Try searching for names as authors, subjects, and keywords to get the broadest selection of materials.
Try these keywords in Chinook. They will be most effective in a SUBJECT search. Each had myriad sub-headings that you can use to narrow your search.
AND: "Gender roles" AND Russia (must find both terms)
OR: Male OR masculinity (must find one of the terms)
NOT: fiction NOT poetry (must find first term NOT second term)
Phrases: “Yellow Wall Paper” (must
Synonyms: (mother or motherhood) AND "Yellow Wall Paper"
Wildcards: feminis* will find feminism or feminist
You may use the UCB Search Strategy/ Keyword Worksheetto develop your own topic.
For deatails on combining keywords for the best results view the
|Search Chinook - http://libraries.colorado.edu/|
Chinook is the catalog for materials owned by the CU Libraries. You can do a title search for a specific book, or a keyword search if you are looking for books on a particular topic. You can also use MyChinook to manage your library account (including renewals, holds, recalls, saved searches, etc.)
|Search Prospector - http://prospector.coalliance.org/|
If you search Chinook and find that the CU Libraries do not have the item you are looking for (or if the item you are looking for is checked out), you can search Prospector, which is a combined library catalog of 23 libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. CU students, staff and faculty can request materials through Prospector, and the items will generally be delivered to Norlin within a few business days.
|Request through Interlibrary Loan (ILL) - http://ucblibraries.colorado.edu/ill/|
If the item you are looking for is not in Chinook or Prospector, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Generally, an ILL request will take longer to be delivered than material requested through Prospector.
|Articles from a Citation|
If you have a specific article you need or you are tracking works from a bibliography, you will use:
Find it @ CU Article Finder
Complete this form to find the article in electronic or print.
OR use the Chinoook Journals/ Serials Title search. Be sure to look for the journal/ magazine title NOT the article title. Then follow the links to the correct volume, issue, year, page number.
The following guides provide samples of common citation formats. Consult Reference Desk personnel for additional information.
You may also find print guides in the library:
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
5th edition, Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2001.
Sections 72-75. Electronic Media, pp.268-281.
Call number: BF76.7 .P83 2001
- MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers by Joseph Gibaldi.
6th edition, New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2003.
Call number: LB2369 .G53 2003
- The Chicago Manual of Style
16th edition, chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003
Sections 16 and 17.
Call number: Z253 .C57 2003
A personal online database and bibliography creator that allows users to create a personal database online, import references automatically from multiple databases, organize references, and quickly format bibliographies and manuscripts. You will need to create a login and password. Provided by the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries.
University of Colorado PWR Writing Center
This site details services provided by the Program for Writing and Rhetoric at UC Boulder. The page also details information about the writing center in Norlin Library E156. You may make an appointment online.
OWL of Purdue University
Online Writing Center of Purdue University is an excellent site full of writing and research tips.
|Off-campus Access to Library Databases|
If you want to access most of the resources I've recommended in this course guide, you need to be either:
a) on campus (in a lab, in the library, using the campus-provided wireless, etc.)
b) off campus, but connected to the campus network
For option B, you'll need to visit the Libraries' webpage for instructions on how to access library resources from off-campus. It will tell you how to download the free software you'll need from ITS.
If you have questions about the installation of the VPN software, contact ITS at (303) 735-HELP.