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Book Reviews

Book Review Index Online Plus Restricted Resource
This fully-searchable database indexes over five million book reviews from thousands of publications, covering a wide range of subjects. It incorporates the entire run of the print version of the Book Review Index from 1965 to the present.


GenderWatch Restricted Resource
1970–present. A collection of hundreds of international journals, magazines, newsletters, regional publications, special reports, and conference proceedings devoted to the impact of gender across a broad range of subject areas.
MLA International Bibliography Restricted Resource
1926–present. Online database indexing scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.
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.
Historical Abstracts Restricted Resource
Covers world history after 1450, excluding the U.S. and Canada. Indexes articles from over 2,000 journals, books, collections, and dissertations.
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 Resource is highly recommended
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.
Academic OneFile Restricted Resource
This database offers a comprehensive, up-to-date, and easy-to-use resource for serious academic research. Includes nearly 14,000 indexed periodicals and journals covering the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature, and other many subjects in a variety of languages. Full-text articles are available in either PDF or HTML formats.
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 (1851-2015) Restricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains newspapers
Complete online access (including advertisements) to the full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2015. For current access, see U.S. Newsstream, LexisNexis Academic, and other sources, or go to the New York Times Subject Guide for instructions on registering for a free account.
Times Digital Archive [London Times] Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
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 over 130,000 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
Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
WorldCat Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
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

Reference Resources

Credo Reference Restricted Resource
An easy-to-use online reference tool for starting research. Gather background information on your topic from hundreds of full-text general and subject-specific reference titles, as well as numerous images, audio files, and video clips.
Project Vox Resource is highly recommended
A digital initiative from Duke University addressing an important, relatively recent, scholarly development in philosophy: the acknowledgement that a number of early modern women have been unjustly ignored in our narratives of the history of philosophy.
Oxford Reference Online Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
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.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Resource is highly recommended
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.”
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.
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.
Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
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].
Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor B51 .R68 1998
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 (online)
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 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.
New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
Print Location: CB 9.N49 2005

Film and Video Collections

Films on Demand – Humanities and Social Sciences Collection Restricted Resource Resource contains video
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.

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.
History of Philosophy Without any Gaps
A weekly podcast by Peter Adamson, a philosophy scholar who teaches at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich and King's College London. Launched in 2014, the podcast currently features over 300 episodes that chronicle the history of philosophy from pre-Socratic thinkers through the fourteenth century (so far!). Visitors can browse this collection by by category: Classical, Later Antiquity, Islamic World, Medieval, and India.
Philosophy: Feminism Restricted Resource
This book addresses feminism, including the aspects of human nature, intersectionality, sexism and oppression, LGBTQ theory, ecofeminism, and power.
Philosophy: Technology Restricted Resource
This book addresses the theme of ethics in such technology areas as cyber warfare, designing children, video games and virtual reality, nanotechnology, and technology and the environment. The use of film, literature, art, case studies, and other disciplines or situations/events provide illustrations of human experiences which work as gateways to questions philosophers try to address.
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 (8th ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.
MLA Handbook, 8th. edition (2016)
Print Location: LB2369 .G53 2016
On permanent reserve at the circulation desk. A second copy is available on the 2nd floor and can be checked out.
Online research management, writing, and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store, and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.

Resources at Grinnell

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