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Philosophy Research Guide: Books

This online guide is developed specifically for those doing research in Philosophy. It provides a recommended list of resources, which encompasses print materials, electronic databases, and selected Internet resources.


Use the library catalog to locate books in the Marshall University libraries. The following Library of Congress Subject Headings are examples of terms that can be used with the Basic Search by Subject Heading to locate books in the Marshall University libraries:

  • Philosophers
  • Philosophy
  • Act (Philosophy) as well as others such as Color (Philosophy), Law (Philosophy), etc.
  • Philosophy, Ancient, as well as others such as Philosophy, Modern; Philosophy, German; etc.
  • Remember to also do subject searches for the names of philosophers such as Jung, etc.

For additional, useful subject headings for your topic, consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings (Reference Desk)
Hundreds of subject headings and cross references for philosophy are used by the Library of Congress in cataloging and classifying materials; arranged alphabetically and by topic area; lists Library of Congress call numbers.

Browse the shelves in these call number areas to find books devoted to philosophy topics:

B Philosophy
BC Logic
BD Speculative Philosophy
BH Aesthetics
BJ Ethics

For books at other libraries, search other Library catalogs over the Web. Books not owned by Marshall University Libraries may be ordered from other libraries using the Information Delivery Services (IDS).