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Philosopher's Index Restricted Resource

1940-present. Indexes books and journals in all areas of philosophy, including aesthetics, bioethics, epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics, social & political philosophy, and the philosophy of education, history, language, law, religion, and science.

ATLA Religion Database Restricted Resource

1949-present. Covers religious and theological scholarship in over a thousand international journals and 14,000 multi-author works.

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Historical Abstracts with Full Text Restricted Resource

Covers world history after 1450, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Includes articles from over 2,000 journals, books, collections, and dissertations and offers full-text access to many resources.

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Humanities Source Restricted Resource

Offers worldwide full-text content pertaining to literary, scholarly, and creative thought. Covers the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities and includes feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, and much more.

PsycINFO Restricted Resource

Covers psychology and related disciplines including sociology, education, and sport. Worldwide coverage includes references to over 1,800 journals, dissertations, and book chapters.

Annee Philologique Restricted Resource

Comprehensive bibliography of the literature on all aspects of the classical period, published by the Société Internationale de Bibliographie Classique, in collaboration with the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the American Philological Association. A print edition is also available (Z7016.M35 A1).

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts Restricted Resource

Subjects covered include the nature, use, and teaching of language as well as linguistics, phonetics, speech, communication, sociolinguistics, philosophy of language, hearing and speech physiology, and related topics.

JSTOR Restricted Resource

Digital repository of complete full-text backfiles of several hundred scholarly journals in the Arts & Sciences, Health & General Sciences, and Ecology & Botany, except for the most recent two to five years.

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Project MUSE Restricted Resource

Access to the full text of approximately 350 scholarly electronic journals in the arts & humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.

ACLS Humanities E-Book Digital Collection Restricted Resource

Digital collection of over 4,600 full-text titles offered by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) in collaboration with 30 academic societies and over 100 contributing publishers.

Isis Current Bibliography
Print Location: Science Library Z7405.H6 I25x

A bibliography that covers the history of science and its cultural influences. Created by the History of Science Society.

Historical Newspapers and Magazines

Artemis Primary Sources Restricted Resource

An integrated search interface that allows users to search across all of our Gale primary source collections--17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers,  19th Century UK Periodicals, Eighteenth Century Collections Online, The Making of the Modern World, and The Times Digital Archive.

New York Times Historical (1851-2010) Restricted Resource

Complete online access (including advertisements) to the full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2010. For current access, see National Newspapers Expanded, LexisNexis Academic, and other sources.

Times Digital Archive 1785-2006 [London Times] Restricted Resource

Fully searchable access to the complete backfile of The Times of London, including text, images, editorials, and advertisements.

Historical Texts

Early English Books Online (EEBO) Restricted Resource

1473-1700. Contains digital facsimile page images of 100,000 works printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British North America, as well as works in English printed elsewhere.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) Restricted Resource

1701-1800. Digitized copies of 138,000 English-language titles and editions published primarily in the United Kingdom and the Americas. Includes books, broadsides, Bibles, tract books, sermons, and printed ephemera.

Making of the Modern World (Online) Restricted Resource

Offers the full text of thousands of books, serials, pamphlets, essays, and more from major libraries around the world. These resources track the development of the modern, western world (from 1450 onwards) through the lens of trade and wealth. The titles are in English as well as many other languages.

Nietzsches Werke Restricted Resource

Online version of Friedrich Nietzsche's works from the Kritische Studienausgabe, including books, essays, and fragments, presented by Intelex Past Masters.

Continental Rationalists: Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz Restricted Resource

Full-text database of the writings of René Descartes, Benedict de Spinoza, and Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz presented by Intelex Past Masters.

Library Catalogs

Grinnell College Libraries

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WorldCat Restricted Resource

Before 1000 BCE to the present. Catalog of millions of books, web resources, and other materials held in libraries worldwide, maintained by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). The best way to identify resources beyond Grinnell College's collections.

Theatrum Catalogorum

Harvard Theatrum Catalogorum “…launched in 2007 by Ann Blair, Morgan Sonderegger, and Adam Beaver as a scholarly resource for the Early Modernist [philosophical] community. In its first edition, it collates library catalogs from every major European country. In future editions, it will expand to include the Americas.”rnrn

Film and Video Collections

Films on Demand. Humanities and Social Sciences Collection Restricted Resource

Streaming video for thousands of full-length videos and video clips in subject areas including anthropology, art & architecture, communications, education, English & language arts, history, music, philosophy & religion, political science, psychology, sociology, and world languages.

Reference Resources

Blackwell Companions to Philosophy
Print Location: various, follow link for full list

An outstanding series that offers a broad, comprehensive and authoritative survey of philosophy. Written by today's leading philosophers, each volume provides coverage of the key figures, terms, topics, and problems of the field.

Oxford Reference Online Restricted Resource

Fully integrated and cross-searchable collection of over 135 academic dictionaries providing short-entry content, as well as many of Oxford’s encyclopedias and companions and other scholarly works.

Reference Universe Restricted Resource

Customized search engine for the library's print and online reference works, with some full text.

Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Print Location: Reference B51 .E53 2006

2nd Edition (2005) Ed. Donald M. Borchert. An indispensable reference source per the 2008 review in Booklist – it includes particularly in-depth treatment of logic and related mathematical topics. The chapter on Nietzsche is by Grinnell College’s own professor of philosophy Alan Schrift.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Impressive for its depth, scope and authority; open access.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy was founded in 1995 for the purpose of providing detailed, scholarly information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy. The IEP is free of charge and available to all internet users world wide. The present staff of 25 editors and approximately 200 authors hold doctorate degrees and are professors at colleges and universities around the world, most notably from the United States, Great Britain, and Australia. … The authors are specialists in the areas in which they write, and are frequently leading authorities. Submissions are peer reviewed by specialists according to strict criteria.”

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor B51 .R68 1998

10 volumes (1998): "Depth and breadth of coverage, clarity of presentation, impressive bibliographies, excellent use of cross references, and an extensive index ...” --Outstanding Reference Sources : the 1999 Selection Sources Committee, RUSA [Reference and User Service’s Association], ALA [American Library Association].

Cambridge Companion Series
Print Location: various, follow link for full list

Outstanding single-volume references to individual philosophers, movements, etc. For Cambridge Companion titles in philosophy held by the Grinnell College libraries, see link. This list is not comprehensive. For a full listing of Cambridge Companions outside of philosophy, try a title search using the term Cambridge Companion).

Encyclopedia of Religion [electronic resource] Restricted Resource

Widely regarded as the standard reference work in the field, this 15-volume second edition includes over 3000 entries. An international team of scholars and contributors have reviewed, revised and added to every word of the classic work, making it relevant to the questions and interests of all researchers.

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas [electronic resource] Restricted Resource

Brings fresh intelligence and a global perspective to bear on timeless questions about the individual and society. A distinguished team of international scholars explore new thinking in areas previously covered (communism, linguistics, physics) and present cross-cultural perspectives on more recent topics such as postmodernism, deconstruction and post-colonialism.

Web sites

Grinnell College Department of Philosophy Recommended Web Resources

This is an excellent annotated collection of the most authoritative and useful philosophy resources on the Web. In addition to the best general philosophy web sites, the list includes links to professional organizations such as the American Philosophical Association, and a very useful collection of web resources organized by area/topics/movements in philosophy – including feminism, logic, existentialism, ethics, philosophy of mind, Chinese philosophy, metaphysics, and philosophy of science, among others.

PhilPapers: Online Research in Philosophy

PhilPapers is a comprehensive directory of online philosophy articles and books by academic philosophers. PhilPapers monitors journals in many areas of philosophy, as well as archives and personal pages. The site also accepts articles directly from users, who can provide links or upload copies.

PhilSci Archive

Electronic archive for pre-prints in the Philosophy of Science. Sponsored by the Philosophy of Science Association, the Center for Philosophy of Science at University of Pittsburgh and the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh.

Style and Citation Guides

Chicago Manual of Style (Online) Restricted Resource

Completely searchable and easy to use, providing quick answers to your style and editing questions. The Chicago Manual of Style Online also provides convenient tools, such as sample forms, letters, and style sheets, along with fully searchable Q&A content.

Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: APA

APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. This resource, revised according to the 6th edition, second printing of the APA manual, offers examples for the general format of APA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the reference page. For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, second printing.

Purdue University Online Writing Lab Style Guides: MLA

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) and the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th. edition (2009)
Print Location: LB2369 .G53 2009

On permanent reserve at the circulation desk. A second copy is available on the 2nd floor and can be checked out.


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