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This guide is designed to help you get started on your research in Phil320. Use the tabs above to find articles, and books or to learn more about research skills. Feel free to contact me directly (see box below) if you have any questions or want to set up an appointment to meet for more help.
Reference books like dictionaries and encyclopedias are great ways to get background information on your topic. Looking up your topic can get you biographical or historical information, general concepts, lists of works, and related terms depending on your topic.
The type of information you gather from reference sources is seldom the kind of critical analysis your professors are looking for in your papers. Use reference sources to become familiar with your topic so that you can search smarter when you look for books and articles. You should generally refrain from using them in your papers. Situations vary, so if you're unsure, check with your instructor.
Use the resources below for background research before continuing on to find books and articles in the other tabs.
Dictionary of World PhilosophyThe Dictionary of World Philosophy covers the diverse and challenging terminology, concepts, schools and traditions of the vast field of world philosophy. Providing an extremely comprehensive resource and an essential point of reference in a complex and expanding field of study the Dictionary covers all major subfields of the discipline.Key features:• Cross-references are used to highlight interconnections and the cross-cultural diffusion and adaptation of terms which has taken place over time• The user is led from specific terms to master entries which provide valuable historical and cultural context
In this new lexical survey of Kant's works, Howard Caygill presents Kantian concepts and terminology in terms that will introduce and clarify his ideas for students and general readers alike.
Encyclopedia of Social Theory by George Ritzer (Editor)The Encyclopedia of Social Theory, two-volume set, is an indispensable reference source for anyone interested in understanding the roots of contemporary social theory. It examines the global landscape of all the key theories and the theorists behind them and presents them in the context needed to understand the strengths and weaknesses of all the key areas of the discipline. These include: -Structural fundamentalism; -Marxist theory; -Critical theory; -Phenomenology; -Ethnomethodology; -Exchange theory; -Rational choice; -Feminism; -Multiculturalism; -Postmodernism. The Encyclopedia of Social Theory draws together a team of international scholars led by the Editor, George Ritzer, one of the most prolific social theorists. This is a benchmark reference tool for understanding the development, achievements and prospects of social theory. Key features and benefits include: -Over 280 entries; -A master bibliography; -A complete Reader's Guide; -Extensive biographical coverage of the major theorists; -Extensive cross-referencing.
Publication Date: 2004-08-19
Stuck generating ideas for research?
Consult "Thinking Like a Researcher 1-1" on page 4 of Hacker's Research and Documentation in the Digital Age for help narrowing your topic and developing a focused research question.