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Useful for research in philosophy and religious studies.


Welcome to the Ball State University Libraries' research guide for philosophy. Here you'll find tips for doing research in the field of philosophy and specific library resources in the field.

How to Use This Guide

While research is not a linear process, where a certain Step 2 has to follow a specific Step 1, if you're unsure how to get started, these steps may be helpful:

  1. Use the "Find Background Information" pages to find titles which can provide you with terms, names, and dates that can help you to search effectively for more in-depth information.
  2. Read the "Search by Topic: Keyword vs. Subject Searching" page so that you understand the two main ways to search in databases.  This can really improve your searching skills.
  3. Use the "Find Books" and "Find Articles" boxes to get links to resources to help you delve in and search for more extensive information on your topic.

Useful Library Links