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PH 450 - Seminar: Thomas Reid


This is a guide to selected sources of information related to the PH450 Thomas Reid Seminar. Covered in this guide are resources pertaining to Thomas Reid and other philosophers and concepts that influenced and were influenced by his thinking. The guide is only meant to be a starting point for your research. For further research assistance, please contact the Philosophy Liaison Librarian.


Research Basics

The reference librarians have created a group of Web pages named Research Help to help teach you the basics of library research and to introduce you to Geisel Library. On the Research Help pages, you will find a guide on Research Basics and a helpful guide on evaluating Web resources titled, our guide on Evaluating Websites. Please take advantage of these resources.


Reserve Readings

PH450 Seminar Reserve Readings


Reference Sources

Search these resources for information on specific philosophers as well as information on concepts such as perception, liberty, moral philosophy, and common sense philosophy.

Electronic Reference Materials

Use the following electronic reference materials instead of wikipedia; these resources are full of quality information and are just as easy to use.

The following resources are restricted to the Saint Anselm College community.

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Credo Reference

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Oxford Reference Online (ORO)

Print Reference Materials

The following reference books are shelved on the first floor of the library in the reference area.

Encyclopedia of Philosophy
     Ref B41 .E5

Search Tips

To search the catalogs and databases highlighted in this guide you will need to use Boolean operators (ANDs and ORs), truncation, and quotation marks to pull up books and articles on your topic. Here is a brief overview of how to use Boolean operators and truncation:

  • AND - use AND to link together search topics
    Hume and Reid and realism
  • OR - use OR to link together synonyms or like concepts
    (sense OR perception) AND Reid
  • *  - use truncation to pull up the root of a word with variant endings
    philosoph* will pull up items with the words philosophy, philosophical, philosophies, etc.

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Find Books/Secondary Sources

Geisel Library Catalog
The first step when looking for books is to search the Geisel Library Catalog. Remember that you can search by keyword or by subject heading.

The following list of subject heading and keyword searches are only examples; make sure to construct your own subject heading and keyword searches to access information on your topic.

Subject Heading Searches

Works by Thomas Reid (primary sources)
Works about Thomas Reid
Natural Theology

Keyword Searches

Works by and about Thomas Reid
Common Sense and Philosophy
Sense* and Philosophy
Science Philosophy AND (Hume OR Reid OR Newton)

If you searched the Geisel Library Catalog but could not locate a book on your topic try searching WorldCat, a database that allows you to search the collections of libraries throughout the United States. If you find a book that you want you can request it through interlibrary loan (ILL) by clicking on the ILL icon in the book's catalog record. Please be aware that items requested through WorldCat can take a week to two weeks to be delivered, it is important therefore to request books through WorldCat early in the research process.


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Find Journal Articles

The following databases will help you locate scholarly research in the field of philosophy. When examining your search results you may come across the WebBridge icon.  To learn how to use WebBridge, please watch our video tutorial (3.5 mins; includes audio).

Core Philosophy Databases

Philosopher's Index

Academic Search Premier


Project MUSE

Searching for Specific Journals

If you would like to browse Geisel Library's collection of full text electronic and print philosophy journals go to Journal Finder's Philosophy & Religion Journals page. You can search for specific journals by subject area or by keyword.


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Selected Internet Resources

Searching the Internet can yield a vast amount of information, but in terms of quality and reliability, your results may be uneven at best. The ease and speed with which individuals can publish information on the web, regardless of accuracy or quality makes it imperative that when doing research on the web you know how to evaluate the information you find. To learn more, see our guide on Evaluating Websites.

If when searching the Internet, you locate references to books or articles that you would like to view please check with a reference librarian to see if the items can be located in Geisel Library's print or electronic collection or through Interlibrary Loan.

Philosophy Search Engines

Use the following customized search engines to search only those websites that contain scholarly research in the field of philosophy.

Intute:  Arts and Humanities
University of Oxford and Manchester Metropolitan University

University of Evansville

University of Hong Kong

Selected Websites

Google Book Search
Google Books lets you read digitized books on its website; this is a great resource to locate the full text of primary source materials. To search for full text versions of works:

  1. Click Advanced Book Search
  2. Enter in your keywords
  3. Click the "Full View" radio button

By selecting Full View you are limiting your search to only those books that are available in full text in the Google Books collection. Full View books are limited to those works that are no longer copyright protected.

The International Association for Scottish Philosophy
Edinburgh University Press and the Center for the Study of Scottish Philosophy at Princeton, New Jersey

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Use the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy to access peer-reviewed essays on philosophers and philosophical topics.

Scottish Philosophy Research Room
University of Aberdeen
Highlights of this page include: access to the full text of Reid Studies: An International Review of Scottish Philosophy; a Thomas Reid conversion table, a Reid bibliography, and links to online full text versions to selected Reid papers.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Search the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy by keyword or by browsing their table of contents. Make sure to take advantage of the links to related entries and the bibliographic references at the end of entries.

Thomas Reid Papers (1710–1796)
University of Aberdeen
View digitized versions of "over 800 items related to the writing and teaching of Thomas Reid." Make sure to read the information under the "Digitised Collection" section to understand how to search through the collection.


In Our Time:  Common Sense Philosophy
BBC Radio 4
Requires RealPlayer


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Citing Sources

Geisel Library has both print and electronic resources on how to properly cite research materials. Always confirm the style required by your instructor.


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