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Philosophy Research Guide

Research Basics: Introduction

Before you begin your search in our catalog, please sign into your library account.

Sign into Library Account - To access My Account, log in and click the My Account link. My Account enables you to: view your current check-outs, requests, and fine information. You can also use other automated library services, The e-shelf allows you to save and organize items that you find during your discoverE session. You can also save your searches in the catalog. To access e-Shelf, click the e-Shelf link at the top of the page. If you would like to learn how to save you searches in you library account, please check out the helpful suggestions on the My discoverE Account page.

Emory University's Library Catalog

discoverE - Use the library's catalog to locate books, e-books, journals, videos, microfilms, government documents, etc.

ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan)

Google Scholar and WorldCat

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The WorldCat is helpful in searching the holdings of several libraries in the United States as well as many libraries abroad.


Use Google Scholar to find articles from various academic publishers, professional societies, universities, and scholarly articles available across the web. Google Scholar is the first step to get a quick idea of what may be available for your research. The next step is to investigate the relevant materials available in the primary and secondary sources databases for your research.

Please note that there is no one-stop-shop for finding research resources.


Requests and Recalls

If a book you're looking for is at Oxford College, at the Library Service Center, or checked out, don't fear!

Books that are at the Library Service Center or at Oxford can be requested, and checked out books can be recalled.

In discoverE:

  • click the "Get It" link
  • this will open a new window displaying the full record of the item
  • click on the orange Request button and follow directions

You'll be notified by email when the item is available.

NOTE: if the item is checked out, the borrower has two weeks to return it.

Effective Search Strategies

Begin your search with keywords relevant to your topic. As you are browsing the item records, please make a note of the Library of Congress Subject Headings that are pertinent to your research topic. Some sample subject headings are listed below. A multi-volume set of Library of Congress (LC) subject headings is available at the Woodruff Library Reference desk. You can also check the Library of Congress Classification online.