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Searching Tips

  • To search for contents within a journal title only available in print, click the title of the journal listed on the Philosophy Documentation Center site.* Then search chosen keywords to search within that journal title. When you find an article that interests you, check the catalog for holdings of that particular volume and issue available in the library.  *If not listed with the Philosophy Documentation Center find the journal's website for an index of the journal's contents 
  • It is most important to first have an idea of what subject one would need to find articles on.  Once a topic is developed, choose relevant keywords that reflect the language used to describe the topic. Then search your chosen database or the library catalog.

Journal Articles

There are various ways to find journal articles on your topic. 

  • Individual articles are indexed in databases such as PhilPapers or Ebscohost where you would do a keyword search (metaphysics, Aquinas, Kant, etc.) 
  • If an article is unavailable digitally in a database, you will often be able to find the article in print through the catalog or you may be able to request it through interlibrary loan.
  • Making an interlibrary loan request is a simple process. Fill out the linked form (after logging in with your id number and name) and your article will come to you digitally in as soon as a couple days.

For assistance with better searching, contact Fiona in the library.

Print Journals in Catalog

Some journal examples available in print are listed below. Search the index online by clicking on the linked title. Locate the volume and issue number to locate in the catalog. The call number to bound volumes are listed. All current issues are located on the south end of the reading room.