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This guide provides guidance in researching topics relating to philosophy.

Philosophy Web Sites

APA Online: the web site for the American Philosophical Association, the main professional organization for philosophers.

Digital Text Projects: provides full text of many classic writings in philosophy; from the Institute for Learning Technologies, Columbia University.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy organizes scholars from around the world in philosophy and related disciplines to create and maintain an up-to-date reference world.

VoS (Voice of the Shuttle) - Philosophy: another large gateway site for the humanities with a significant section for philosophy; as with many such sites, many links no longer work, but others are kept current; created and maintained by Alan Liu and a team of developers at the University of California, Santa Barbara; provides a way to suggest new links and feedback.

Tips for Assessing Web Sites

The Internet provides access to a wide variety of information - some good and some less reliable.  Use care in deciding which sites to use for research.  These are some tips for assessing the quality of a web site.  Ultimately, you need to look for currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose.

  • Can you tell who created the site?  Some sites have corporate or institutional authors. Is there contact information for the author or sponsor?
  • Is the information provided well documented?
  • Are sources or links to sources given?
  • Is the page signed?  Commercial or institutional pages may use a corporate logo, but personal pages should be signed.
  • Beware of pages without any identification of origin.
  • Can you tell if there is a bias to the site?  A particular slant or bias is not necessarily bad, but you should be aware of it.
  • Can you tell when the site was last reviewed or updated?  Is the information current?