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Philosophy Research Guide

Research Librarian

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James Mellone
Prof. James Tasato Mellone
Historical Cultural and Social Sciences Librarian
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This guide will assist you in locating published scholarship (essays, books, chapters, journal articles, etc.) to read on a topic.

  1. Choose a topic that is interesting to you and which will work within your assignment's parameters.
  2. Read good summaries of the topic in subject encyclopedias, like those listed below.
  3. Once you have a basic overview, then search for published scholarship in catalogs, databases, etc.

Remember to evaluate the accuracy of your sources, and think critically about their content and arguments.

Reference Essays (from Encyclopedias & Dictionaries)

Subject encyclopedias and other reference guides can provide good background information on a topic. Many reference books are in printed format, while others are available in electronic resource collections such as:

Gale eBooks (formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library)

Oxford Reference

Scholarly Books

Search for printed and electronic scholarly books at QC and other CUNY libraries.
Search for scholarly books in the national catalog for the United States and Canada. Includes holdings from libraries in other parts of the world, primarily European or English-speaking.

Subjects for Searching in Catalogs & Databases

  • Food
  • Food Habits
  • Cooking
  • Gastronomy
  • Diet
  • Dinners and dining
  • Drinking behavior
  • Drinking customs
  • Nutrition
  • Ethnobotany


  • Alternative medicine
  • Complementary therapies
  • Traditional medicine
  • Folk medicine
  • Ethnomedicine
  • Healing
  • Health
  • Herbs - Therapeutic
  • Mental healing
  • Medicinal plants
  • Well-being

Scholarly Journal Articles (Search Databases)

Selected List of Scholarly Books at QC