- Citing your sources (also called referencing) is an essential part of your academic work and is explained fully on our library referencing webpage.
- The Library also has a printed guide to citing your references using the Harvard (Author-Date) system (Word and PDF versions available).
- You can also browse the Academic Integrity reading list which has a number of resources on plagiarism and academic misconduct, including the Academic Integrity Online Moodle course.
- Cite Them Right Online shows you how to reference a wide range of sources (books, journal articles, web sites) using exactly the same Harvard style used at Brookes.
- Endnote is a tool for storing and organising your references, and it will also work with Word or Pages to create a fully formatted bibliography from your reference library.
Course resource help for Philosophy
You can use LibrarySearch to find journal articles: type in your topic and then use the search tools menu to limit the format to article. Guide to finding journal articles on a topic using LibrarySearch - PDF.
When you want to find more specialised and specific journal articles, you may want to try using a database. Searching a database will help you find journal articles (and sometimes books, book chapters, reports and other published materials) that are scholarly, academic and peer-reviewed, and suitable for your assignments and research.
A comprehensive index of philosophy books and articles. Search by subject or author, link to full text articles where available and download citations to EndNote.
Academic Search Complete
A full-text database providing full articles, with their accompanying indexing and abstracts, across a wide range of subjects.
This database provides an archive of full-text articles from a wide range of academic journals. JSTOR does not give access to issues which are less than 3-5 years old but is very useful for older journal articles
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
A substantial reference work covering all areas of philosophy. As an electronic-only resource, it is constantly updated and monitored by a huge international team of scholars.
Gale Encyclopedia of Religion
Books and ebooks
Find all our books and electronic books using LibrarySearch. Search and then select Book from the Search tools menu on the left. You can further limit your search to eBook if you only want electronic books. More information about our electronic books can be found on the ebooks webpage.
Video guide to using LibrarySearch to find books
- Module reading lists are a useful way to find the readings for your module. You can find your reading list on the Reading Lists home page by searching your module code, module name, or module leader's name. You can also find your reading list in the top right corner of the module page on Moodle.
- Be sure to check whether an item on your reading list is 'Essential', 'Recommended', or 'Optional' - that will help you prioritise your reading.
- Don't forget - reading lists can also be a good starting point for finding resources for your assignments.
Past exam papers
2015-2016 onwards: These are available for download by Brookes students and staff from the Past Examination Papers collection on RADAR.
When on RADAR, log in, then select Search, enter the module name or number and limit your search to Examination papers.
Earlier years: Printed copies are available in the Library - at Headington (Short Loan area, Level 1), Harcourt Hill (Quick Reference) and Wheatley (Short Loan).
Please note that some exam papers are not available because they have been prohibited from publication. In particular, there are no copies of any exam papers which contain multiple choice questions.
Some of these internet sites belong to individual bodies or associations. Others provide gateways to general philosophy related, or to more subject specific sites.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - a substantial reference work covering all areas of philosophy which, as an electronic-only resource, is constantly updated and monitored by a huge international team of scholars.
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy - a current, professional peer-reviewed resource.
Project Gutenburg - e-texts of many works of literature, including some theological/philosophical texts. From the FTP menu, choose the U.K. mirror site. Browse by author or title.
Royal Institute of Philosophy - based in London, this charitable organisation is dedicated to the advancement of philosophy and supports a variety of free public talks and lectures.
Royal Institute of Philosophy videos - an archive of philosophy videos, with content from annual lectures, London lecture series and other RIP events, as well as debates and discussions of all things philosophical.
Philosophy: an online resource guide - a portal to more philosophy websites. Includes several 'beginner' philosophy resources.
History of Western Philosophy - offers a narrative survey of the historical development of Western philosophy.
Need help? Contact your librarian
Please get in touch if you have any queries about:
- finding information and resources for assignments
- finding online resources
- referencing your sources
Ashley is hybrid working this semester, so will sometimes be on campus (at either Headington or Harcourt Hill) and sometimes working from home. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance. If you need a 1-2-1 appointment we can then arrange one either face-to-face or via Zoom or Google Meet.