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Philosophy: Reference Resources

Using Reference Resources

A reference source is a compendium of authoritative information, compiled for ease of use.

Reference materials include

  • subject or general encyclopedias, dictionaries and thesauri 
  • statistics
  • biographical compilations
  • maps
Reference materials may be found on our main floor to the left of the Research Services Desk as well as online.

Key Reference Titles


A Concise Dictionary of Indian Philosophy
The Concise Encyclopedia of Western Philosophy and Philosophers  
The Dictionary of Religion and Philosophy
Encyclopedia of Asian Philosophy
 REFERENCE B121 .E53 2001
Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment
 REFERENCE B802 .E53 2003 
Key Concepts in Eastern Philosophy
New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy
Philosophy: a guide to the reference literature
Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
REFERENCE B51 .R68 1998
World Philosophy: Essay-Reviews of 225 Major Works

Library Online Reference Resources

Good places to start:

Other Online Library Reference Databases:

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Online Resources

Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment 

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics

Encyclopedia of Semiotics

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
   Searchable, regularly updated collection of entries from experts in the field of philosophy.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
   Detailed scholarly entries on major figures and concepts in philosophy.