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Philosophy Resources: Home Page and Open-Access Resources

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Purpose of Guide

This guide is a short introduction to print and electronic resources in philosophy. It contains information about resources available at Hofstra University as well as some links and information for resources on the Internet.


Open Access and Other Internet Resources


A directory of online articles and books in philosophy. It is maintained by David Chalmers and other philosophers. Not all material is peer-reviewed but it can be an excellent means of finding recently published works in philosophy. Philosophy of mind and of consciousness is well covered.

Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness

Neuroscience of Consciousness is open access.


Archive of preprints and publications in psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, computer science, philosophy of mind other areas of philosophy and biology.

PhilSci Archive 

Preprints in the Philosophy of Science.

Maintained by faculty at Hertford College, Oxford University, the site contains open-access texts of Hume's works and some scholarly papes. It is searchable by keyword.

American Society for Aesthetics

Open-access articles and book reviews are available at this site.


World Philosophy Day

World Philosophy Day is sponsored by UNESCO. It falls on the third Thursday in November.

Finding Books and Journal Articles

The Hofstra University Library Online Catalog link is available from the Library webpage.

It can be most easily searched by keyword, title, author and subject.  Searching by numbers is usually not useful unless you know the exact ISBN or Library of Congress call number or other numbers associated with items.

A keyword search will look for a word or phrase anywhere in the record of an item. It is a broad search with can produce relevant item. It also frequently produces a large number of irrelevant items. Within each item record are “official” subjects. These are Library of Congress subject headings. It is suggested that you begin with a keyword search, or several keyword searches using synonyms, and examine the Library of Congress subjects within the records. When you find Library of Congress subjects which appear to be more or less on your topic you may click them on or type the subject into the subject box on the search page. (It is easier to click on the subject, especially if it is a lengthy one since subjects must be typed in exactly as they appear in the subject box.) Subject searches tend to produce fewer items which are more relevant.

You may need to do several searches with keywords and subjects to find all the items you need.

Author searches are good if you know the author’s name. Remember to invert! The catalog should direct you to variant spellings of the author’s name as well as to pseudonyms.

Title searches are good if you know the title. Leave off words like “The”, and “An” at the beginning of titles when using this sort of search.

You can also limit your search  by “Collection” which means by the University Library’s circulating collection (mostly items held in Axinn Library which can be taken out), Law Library, Reference (non-circulating items) and Periodicals.  A periodical search in the catalog gives you only the names of journals held in print and, in fact, very few of them.  It does not tell you if we hold the journal electronically in a database and it does not give you access to the contents of the journal. The Journal Finder search box on the library homepage is better at producing titles of journals held here. It usually allows you to search within specific titles but the best way to search for journal articles is through OneSearch or the database list. You may browse under specific disciplines in Journal Finder.

University students may use the Law Library and take out circulating books there. You will need to show your Hofstra ID card to get into the Law Library.

The Medical Library is  highly restricted. You should phone or email the librarians at the Medical Library to see if you can gain access before visiting it. 






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