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Welcome to your online guide to finding resources for Philosophy

Choosing the right resources

As a Philosophy student, you are expected to find and use high quality literature. You'll need to use a range of different sources and demonstrate your ability to find good results in order to impress your tutors and to develop your research skills.


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.

Click to reveal a list of common shelf locations for Philosophy

Key Texts Collection

Books which are essential course reading are held in the Key Texts Collection on the ground floor. You can borrow a Key Texts item for up to 4 hours during the day, or overnight from 18:00 until 10:00 the following day.

Using YorSearch

YorSearch is the place to look for books, journals, and other materials held by the Library.

Getting to grips with YorSearch  (click to reveal)

Theses & dissertations

University of York PhD/MPhil theses and Masters dissertations, plus theses and dissertations from other institutions.

Arts and Humanities databases

Key electronic resources

Online reference works

Starting from the homepage of one of the Library's e-book collections, you can search the full text of all the books in that collection. This can help you find relevant reading even if your chosen subject is not the main theme of the publication.

If we don't have what you need...

Use our Inter-library loan service to borrow a copy from another library. There is a small charge for this service;

Visit the British Library Document Supply Centre at Boston Spa.  A free minibus runs once a week from campus to Boston Spa;

Use COPAC to search across UK libraries to see who holds the material you need. It might be possible to visit in person with your SCONUL Access card, available from the Library helpdesk.

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