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Philosophy: Introduction


Welcome to the research guide for philosophy.

The word philosophy comes from the Greek philos (love of) + sophia (wisdom or knowledge). 

Philosophy is the "study of ultimate reality and the first principles of thinking, knowledge, and truth"1 and frequently explores "systems of beliefs or ideas about the universe and humankind’s place in it."2

1 Philosophy (Greek: Love of wisdom). (2003). In The Macmillan Encyclopedia. Retrieved from Credo Reference
2 Philosophy. (2001). In Joseph M. Palmisano (Ed.), World of sociology, Gale. Retrieved from Credo Reference

About This Guide

Use this guide to find materials related to philosophy.

The Books & Media tab provides a search interface and advice for finding books, audiovisual media, maps, and other items owned by the UNT Libraries. It also highlights some resources related to philosophy.

The Find Articles tab furnishes tools and guidance to search the subscription databases of periodical literature and other scholarly research resources. This tab also offers some strategies for finding appropriate information and points out some databases or other resources that address issues related to philosophy.

The On the Web tab lists freely available Internet resources relevant to philosophy.

Credo Reference

Credo Reference is an excellent place to begin your research. It will provide broad treatments of topics and lists of sources for further investigation.

Tracking Research with RefWorks

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RefWorks allows you to add references from databases, the UNT library catalog, websites and more. Then you can generate reference lists for your papers and projects in the citation style of your choice.

Visit the RefWorks guide to create your account and start adding references to your own database.

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