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Philosophy: General Philosophy Research Tools

Research resources and search tips for Philosophy

Books & eBooks

Use the Library Catalog to search for books on specific subjects.

If you search by subject (rather than keyword) here are some subject headings to try:

Religions of the World cover

  • Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Logic
  • Thought and thinking
  • Socrates


Books that check out are on the 2nd floor of the library.

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost), an SCC Library database, is accessible using your SID as login

Reference books are on the 1st floor. These include subject encyclopedias which are a good starting point for research. Here are some print and ebook examples:

  Encyclopedia of Philosophy cover Bioethics book cover

   Encyclopedia of Philosophy     R 104 ENCYCLO 2006

   Encyclopedia of Bioethics*     R 174.957 ENCYCLO 2004

*These and other encyclopedias are available online in these SCC Library databases:

Books: Ethics

Many of the topics which students choose to research are related in some way to ethics. The following SCC Library books contain chapters which consider topics like:

  • Promoting the good
  • Altruism
  • Well-being
  • Fairness
  • Equality
  • Errors or mistakes (including medical errors)
  • Forgiveness
  • Conduct of life
  • Doing or allowing harm
  • Lying
  • Promises
  • Obligations
  • Demanding too much
  • Rights
  • Rules


  Library Databases (including articles)

From the SCC Library homepage choose Databases by Subject, or try one of these databases: