Answered By: John Harvard
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Example search terms that can help you narrow down your results in HOLLIS+ and other databases:

  • subdisciplines: epistemology, logic, "philosophy of religion"
  • time period terms: "rennaissance philosophy," "ancient philosophy," "17th century philosophy"
  • philosophers/people: "Vienna Circle," Aristotle, Nietzsche
  • concepts:  determinism, fact, "common sense"


Eric Johnson-DeBaufre, the Librarian at the Robbins Library of Philosophy, is available to support researchers via email or in-person consultation.

Philosophy Resources at Harvard lists many useful resources for the study of philosophy.


Philosopher’s Index indexes citations in philosophy as well as interdisciplinary sources from journals, books, encyclopedias, and anthologies. Materials dates as far back as 1902, and the subject indexing covers all areas of philosophy.

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a free online encyclopedia written by prominent scholars in the field.



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