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Philosophy Resources: Finding books

What you need to know to do write philosophy papers and do research in philosophy at USD.

Search the Catalog for USD Resources

Search the Library Catalog  

  • On the library home page, scroll down past the picture to the black bar.
  • On the Black bar, find: Books and More
  • Click the Library Catalog link under the search box.
  • To do a quick search, leave the drop down value at 'Any Field.'
  • To find works written by a philosopher, from the drop down, select 'Author/Creator' and enter the name of the philosopher.
  • To find books written about a philosopher, change drop down to 'Subject.'

Browse the Shelves

Often it is easier to browse the shelves for inspiration. 
Use these Classification Numbers to find philosophy-related books:  

B General, By time and place BJ Ethics
BC Logic BR Religion
BD Speculative
(e.g., metaphysics & epistemology)
Q 174-179 Philosophy of Science  
BF Psychology QH 332 Bioethics
BH Aesthetics R 724-726 Medical ethics

Print books not at USD

Search WorldCat

Use WorldCat to find books in libraries throughout the U.S.

Books not at USD can be requested through interlibrary loan (ILLiad).

Theses & Dissertations

The official database of record for graduate research (digital masters theses and dissertations). To find older USD theses and dissertations, search the catalog.

Scanned Books on the Web

Search through Google's collection of scanned scholarly books.  Not all are available free-text online.

Google Scholar Search

HathiTrust scanned books

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HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future.

Text of Classic Books


Project Gutenberg makes the text of out of copyright books available for free download.

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