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Welcome to your online guide to finding resources for Philosophy


Philosophy books are located in the A section on the second floor of the JB Morrell Library. Many books will also be available online as e-books. Look for the links in YorSearch, under the View It section of each book.

Accessing past Philosophy MA theses

You can access past MA theses which have been selected by the Philosophy department in our Digital Collections, which you can find linked to in the top pane in YorSearch. 


Arts and Humanities databases

Key electronic resources

Free online resources

Online reference works

Using operators

iconIf you decide to run an in-depth literature search on some of our larger databases there are some tips below on how the different search functions work.

Most databases allow you to enter elaborate controlled searches using special words and characters ("operators")...

Problems finding resources?

Tips on what to try if we don't have access via the Library:

  1. Try Google Scholar
    Google Scholar includes links to freely available PDFs and alternate versions of articles.

  2. Search institutional repositories
    If the article you need was written by someone at a university, they might have placed a copy in their institutional repository. Look at their website for more details.

  3. Apply for it using our free Interlending Service
    We can source articles and books from elsewhere.

  4. Visit other libraries
    You can access items at other libraries. Apply to the Library for a SCONUL Access card so that you can access other UK university libraries or visit the British Library at Boston Spa. Book a place on our free weekly minibus. 

  5. Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian
    Stuck? Email for advice.