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Philosophy Research Guide: Research Basics: Getting Started

Research Basics: Introduction

Before you begin your search in our catalog, please sign into your library account. The option to sign in is provided on the top left-hand side of the screen. It would be helpful for you in getting additional information about materials.

Requests and Recalls

If a book you're looking for is at Oxford College, at the Library Service Center, or checked out, don't fear!

Books that are at the Library Service Center or at Oxford can be requested, and checked out books can be recalled.

In discoverE:

  • click the "Get It" link
  • this will open a new window displaying the full record of the item
  • click on the orange Request button and follow directions

You'll be notified by email when the item is available.

NOTE: if the item is checked out, the borrower has two weeks to return it.

Effective Search Strategies

Begin your search with keywords relevant to your topic. As you are browsing the item records, please make a note of the Library of Congress Subject Headings that are pertinent to your research topic. Some sample subject headings are listed below. A multi-volume set of Library of Congress (LC) subject headings is available at the Woodruff Library Reference desk. You can also check the Library of Congress Classification online.

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