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PHIL 210: Ancient Philosophy: Research Resources

Choosing the Best Databases

Selecting the best or most appropriate finding aid for identifying sources depends almost entirely on the context of your research assignment. There is no single database or web search interface that will work for every research context; instead, you'll need to match your specific research needs to a variety of options.

Library catalog searches (i.e., Primo) can be the better choice when you are seeking in-depth, book-length treatments of a topic.

Multidisciplinary databases (i.e., JSTOR) can be the most appropriate choice when you just want to get a sense of what's available on a topic and when it isn't so important that you pay attention to disciplinary lenses.

Subject databases (i.e., Philosopher's Index) are the best choice for identifying the widest range of sources on a topic within a specific academic discipline. Recommended subject databases for each discipline can be found on the "articles" tab in each library subject guide.

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Featured Books

Scholarly books can be excellent sources for locating background information or placing your topic in context with related issues. A sampling of potentially relevant books is listed below.

Recommended Databases

These subject databases may be especially useful for your research project in this class.

E-Journal Collections

These e-journal collections provide access to many journals in the humanities, but they are more limited in coverage compared to subject databases. In most cases, it's better to search subject databases to identify articles, and then search the journal title in Primo to link to the materials in these e-journal collections.

Finding Images

These sources contain material that is available under Creative CommonsPublic Domainor a Puget Sound license. ALWAYS read the small print to confirm that you can use this material for your project!