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Philosophy

A guide to resources relevant to Philosophy at the University of Melbourne Library

Finding books

Finding books

To find books on a particular subject, use a keyword search on the library catalogue. For example:

plato

existentialism

"theory of knowledge"

 

Keyword searching often retrieves a large number of results. You can limit your search by using AND and adding more keywords to retrieve resources that have both words in the record. For example:

Sartre AND existentialism

Kant AND "theory of knowledge"

 

Use OR to broaden your search to find material related to similar keywords in the one search:

Sartre AND (existensialism OR authenticity)

 

Refer to the search tips for details on how to search on the library catalogue effectively. These tips also work with databases.


Another way to navigate the catalogue is to use the hyperlinked subject headings in item records. Once clicked on, these headings will show you related subjects around your area and the all the books that the library has related to that subject. Refer to the image below.

 

Screenshot of subject headings in the library catalogue

As well as search the library catalogue, you can browse the library shelves at the following call numbers:

101 

Theory of philosophy

103

Dictionaries, encyclopedias, concordances of philosophy

110

Metaphysics

111

Ontology

113

Cosmology (Philosophy of nature)

120

Epistemology, causation, humankind

121

Epistemology (Theory of knowledge)

122

Causation

123

Determinism and indeterminism

142

Critical philosophy

142.3

Kantianism

142.7

Phenomenology

142.78

Existentialism

144

Humanism and related systems and doctrines

144.3

Pragmatism

144.5

Instrumentalism

144.6

Utilitarianism

182

Pre-Socratic Greek philosophies

183

Sophistic & Socratic philosophies

184

Platonic philosophy

185

Aristotelian philosophy

186

Skeptic and Neoplatonic philosophies

190

Modern Western philosophy

If you can't find what you're looking for or an item is unavailable in the catalogue try the following options:

  • Search the BONUS+ catalogue to request an item from another university's library
  • Sign up for a CAVAL card to borrow from other Victorian libraries (including university, TAFE, and public libraries)
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