Bibliographic databases collect information on metadata of relevant publications, and organizes these metadata so that they can be searched. The metadata can include the title, authors, abstract, references, etc. In some cases, the database also provide access to the full text of the publication, but this is not always the case.
Almost all recent publications (and many older ones) for journals in Philosophy are available online, and can be found through LibSearch. Volumes that are only available in print can be requested through LibSearch as well. The LibGuide: LibSearch(english) gives instructions on using LibSearch efficiently.
When does a journal count as a valuable source? As a rule of thumb, the more an academic publication is cited in other work, the more influential that work is for the field. Academic journals are therefore often ranked using a measure of their citation impact. There are many different ways to construct such a measure, each of which will give a different ranking.
The journals listed below, ranked by Google Scholar, are considered of high quality, and publish overviews of many different topics. A good start if you're new to a field.
As with science in general most philosopical articles are written in English. Nevertheless, several journals in Dutch are also of high quality.
The philosophy departement has a special interest in christian philosophy. Below are the most relevant journals in this field.
In other disciplines science means publishing in journals, philosophers often set out their ideas in books. Books therefore are unmissable tools for them. The University Library owns several million titles in total. Its collection can explored through LibSearch. The LibGuide: LibSearch(english) gives instructions on using LibSearch efficiently.
Many recent books are available digitally; LibSearch will provide to correct links and make sure that you will have access. Access rights for digital books vary: some books can be downloaded, others can only be read from screen. Often, the number of simultaneous users is limited.
Many textbooks are only available in print. The open stack books for philosophy (as well as other fields in the humanities) can be found on the ninth and tenth floor of the main building. Most books can be taken out for three weeks. Course literature can be consulted at the library during opening hours. Books in closed stacks can be requested through LibSearch.
Several philosophy books are hundreds of years old. These rare sources can be consulted at the department of Special and Historical Collections. This department serves as the treasure chamber of the VU.
The publication and use of open educational resources is increasingly common, although it can still be difficult to find suitable materials. Below you find an overview of the most used and helpful sources. It is important to consider copyright. The Libguide on Dealing with Copyright in Education provides more information.
Information about Off-campus access
We recommend that you install the Lean Library browser extension on your computer, which allows you to use automatically access digital content from the University Library and Open Access content to track your literature.
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