Providing access to quality Philosophy resources and subject support.

Databases View more

Here are the key databases/online resources to start finding information in your subject area. Click on 'View more' to go to the full listing for the Library, and use the filters to find more for this subject and others.

Books E-books Catalogue

You can access books and e-books via the Catalogue (also known as Library Catalogue Plus) to search for and check their availability. The Catalogue also provides links to e-books and displays the shelf marks of physical books in the Library. We have detailed the shelf marks of the most popular topics below (the level is for the Library in Loughborough).

Subject / title Pilkington level Shelfmark
Philosophy (general) 2 100
History of philosophy 2 109
Theory of aesthetics 2 111.85
Theories of knowledge 2 121
Philosophy of mind 2 128.2
Philosophies of schools and viewpoints 2 140
Philosophical thinkers and writers 2 190
Political philosophy 2 320.01

Videos View more

Use the videos to learn more about some resources or finding information.

Frequently asked questions View more

Here are some of the most popular questions asked by students in this subject. If you have a different question, check 'View more' or ask your Academic Librarian.

How do I access resources off-campus?

You need to search via the VPN and multi-factor authentication (MFA) when you are off campus, this link will show you how to download this onto your device.

I'm new to Philosophy. Where should I start?

A good starting point would be the online reading list for your Philosophy module. The key introductory texts will be highlighted. You should also browse the shelves starting at 100 on Level 2 for general texts on Philosophy.  

How can I find journal articles on my topic?

The best place to search is the Library's subject specific databases. The key ones for Philosophy to get you started are listed above in the Databases section of this guide. You can find more Philosophy databases by clicking on ‘View more’ then ‘Filter listing’ then select ‘Philosophy’.

How can I get help with referencing?

The preferred referencing styles for Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) are Harvard and Chicago (footnotes style).  Guidance is available from Cite them right online and the Chicago manual of style online quick guide. Further instruction is available from the Politics and International Studies Learn pages. London students should check which style they should use with their module leader or supervisor.

I’m studying Philosophy as part of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE). Where can I find study skills advice on balancing three different subjects by managing my time effectively?

Visit Learn module LUA001: Study Skills for some useful tips and guidance on time management and a range of other academic skills. If you would like help with your writing style, the Academic Language Support Service offer workshops which might take place within your modules or which you can sign up to attend separately.