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First Steps: Encyclopedia, Bibliographies, Dictionaries and Handbooks

     These are the best places to start. These sources can provide a background of philosophical topics and lead you to the most pertinent articles and books.

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    Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Varies
    Full text encyclopedia of philosophical topics, including bibliographies.
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    Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy 1998 edition, with periodic updates
    Full text of Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Note: uses British spelling.
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    Cambridge Companions Online Varies
    Full-text collections of high quality, introductory essays covering a wide range of disciplines.
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    Oxford Handbooks Online: Philosophy Varies - current
    Contains specially-commissioned essays on major topics in philosophy.
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    CREDO Reference 1911-present
    A customizable general reference solution for librarians and learners offering more than 600 titles from over 80 publishers.


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These are the best place for finding articles on your topic. They search scholarly articles within philosophy.

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    Philosopher's Index Via EBSCO 1940-current
    Identifies articles and books on ethics, aesthetics, social and political philosophy, epistemology, and metaphysic logic.
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    Philosophy Online Varies
    Full-text collection of philosophy journals.
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    JSTOR Varies by title from 1800s - 2000s
    Full text articles in many disciplines.
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    Google Scholar varies
    For off-campus access to full text: Click Scholar Preferences and add Rochester as your Library Link. Be sure to Save Preferences.
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    ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Full-Text Via ProQuest 1861 - current
    Identifies Ph.D. dissertations from U.S. and Canadian universities since 1861. Abstracts from 1980. Many with full-text.
  • 6572
    Wilson OmniFile Via EBSCO 1982 - current
    Identifies articles on many subjects with some full text.

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Multimedia and other Sources for Papers in Philosophy


  • Philosophy Pages - Includes a dictionary and historical timeline of philosophy, also has a study guide and primer for elementary logic.


  • Philosophy Papers - A directory to philosophy papers with links to browse the latest journal issues - often has papers before their 

                                     official release.


  • Episteme Links - Links to philosophy resources on the internet. Includes lists of blogs and graduate student papers.


  • Philosophy Bites - Podcasts of interviews with top philosophers on a variety of philosophical topics.


  • Philosopher's Zone - Podcasts of philosophical topics and philosophical analysis of contemporary issues.


  • AskPhilosophers - A site where people ask questions, and philosophers answer. A nice introduction to many philosophical topics,      

                                   written  in plain, easy to understand language.




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Keeping Track of References

   When writing a philosophy paper, keeping track of your sources is very important. These tools can help:

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    RefWorks Varies
    A web-based citation management tool. Export references from databases and format them for papers and bibliographies.

    Create your own account by clicking on "Sign up for an Individual Account."

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Links for Matthew Baddorf's Rochester Scholars


Drone warfare:


1. BOYLE MJ. The costs and consequences of drone warfare. International Affairs. 2013;89:1-29.   Link



2. Amitai Etzioni. The Great Drone Debate. Military Review. 2013;93:2.   Link



3. Hazelton JL. Drones: what are they good for? Parameters. 2013;42:29.   Link

Use of the Atomic Bomb: 


1. Winkler KJ. 50 years later, the debate rages over Hiroshima. The Chronicle of Higher Education [H.W. Wilson - EDUC]. 1995;41:A10.   Link


2. Bernstein BJ. Shatterer of Worlds--Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. 1975;31:12.   Link


3. Freedman L. The strategy of Hiroshima. Journal of Strategic Studies. 1978;1:76-97.   Link



1. Masci D. Torture. CQ Researcher. CQ Press; 2003;13:345-368.   Link

2. Patrick Lee. INTERROGATIONAL TORTURE. The American Journal of Jurisprudence. 2006;51:131-191.   Link

3. Chase Madar. Torture's Comeback. American Conservative. Arlington: American Conservative LLC; 2011;10:12.   Link


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