• Additional Library resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic

    In addition to the e-content provided through the Library web site, many academic publishers are making additional e-resources available. Check this list  Library resources during COVID-19 pandemic for details. The list is being updated as more resources become available, so do check back regularly.

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    Use LibrarySearch to help you find the books and journal articles you'll need for your studies. 

    For more specific help, click on the relevant section below.

  • If you're a new user of the Oxford Brookes Library you might find the information on our webpage for new students useful.

    To help you make the best use of digital tools for study, employment and life whilst you're at Brookes, why not try our Digital Capabilities for Students module?

    Find all our books and electronic books using LibrarySearch (the search box on the Library homepage). 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 Finding e-books webpage.

    Video guide to using LibrarySearch to find books

    Finding a book when you know the author/title

    Finding a book on a topic

    Use the shelfmarks below to find where books on particular aspects of philosophy are kept in the Library. Note that the shelfmarks are the same at both Harcourt Hill and Headington libraries.

    Ancient philosophy 180
    Aristotelian philosophy 185
    British philosophy and philosophers 192
    Epistemology 121
    Ethics 170-179
    French philosophy and philosophers 194
    German philosophy and philosophers 193
    Logic 160
    Medieval western philosophy 189
    Philosophy of religion 210
    Platonic philosophy 184
    Pre-Socratic philosophy 182
    Socratic philosophy 183
    Stoic philosophy 188


    The vast majority of modules will have a reading list, created by the module leader. Find the reading list in the top right corner of the module on Moodle, or you can search by module name or number on the reading list homepage. Reading lists are interactive: click on the online resource button to be taken straight to the ebook, webpage, article or audiovisual resource, and login to make your own notes on the readings. Why not watch our videos which will help you get the most out of your reading list?

    Study skills resources: links to books, websites and other resources that give support and advice on how to study effectively

    Teach yourself: library guides, 'how to' videos and literature searching

    Citing references in your work and plagiarism: advice on correct referencing and avoiding plagiarism

    Library services for researchers - general web pages for staff and research students

    Cite Them Right Online shows you how to reference a wide range of resources using Harvard and other referencing styles. It also gives guidance on how to avoid plagiarism.

    Citing references in your work and plagiarism

    Library printed guide to citing your references using the Harvard (Author-Date) system ( Word or PDF)

    EndNote: reference management software for assisting with studying, research and creating bibliographies

    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.

    PhilPapers - 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. Video guide to searching PhilPapers.

    Academic Search Complete - a huge multidisciplinary database indexing some 9,300 journals; over half of its articles have links to full text.

    JSTOR - this database provides an archive of full-text articles from academic journals covering a wide range of humanities, social sciences and science disciplines. It does not, however, include full-text access to the most recent three to five years of many journals, so researchers looking for relatively new material may wish to use other databases such as Academic Search Complete.

    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.

    Zetoc - British Library's electronic table of contents. Covers about 20,000 current journals and conference proceedings published since 1993, and is updated daily. Note that records do not have abstracts; only bibliographic details are given.

    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.

    The Library as a research tool for philosophy students - this guide is aimed at pre-dissertation students, with advice on resources we offer to help you embark on your dissertation. You will need to login to access this guide.

    Bodleian Library access - dissertation students are able to use the Bodleian Library if the Bodleian has materials you need which are not held by the Oxford Brookes Library. The Bodleian Library catalogue, SOLO, is freely available to search. You should contact your Academic Liaison Librarian if you think you need to use the Bodleian. Read the guide Applying for admission to the Bodleian Library first, then visit the Library to obtain an application form.

    Interlibrary loans - use the interlibrary loans service to request books, articles and other publications which the Library doesn't stock.

    Referencing - here you'll find lots of useful information about referencing, including Cite Them Right Online and the Library guide to Brookes Harvard referencing.

    EndNote reference management software - EndNote is software that helps you collect and organize your references, and then insert them automatically into Word documents.

    Finding previous dissertations - use the Dissertations Location List to discover where dissertations for each subject/course are held.

    Some of these internet sites belong to individual bodies or associations. Others provide gateways to general philosophy related, or to more subject specific sites.

    Library guide on Evaluating web sources

    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.