Philosophy Resources

The purpose of this guide is to lead the beginning researcher to the most important and useful sources in the Reference Collection and online for the study of philosophy.  The list of sources is not exhaustive; please consult with a Reference Librarian for additional suggestions. 


The following books (In Print) are located at Napa Valley College Library and will provide helpful background information.  Consult with a Reference librarian for assistance in locating additional materials. 

The Columbia History of Western Philosophy.  Richard Popkin.  Call number:  REF 190 Popkin.

Hypatia's Daughters:  Fifteen Hundred Years of Women Philosophers.  Linda Lopez McAlister, ed.
Call number:  REF 108.2 Hypatia's

Masterpieces of World Philosophy in Summary Form.  Frank N. Magill, ed.  Call number:  REF 108 Ma.


A Dictionary of Philosophy.  A. R. Lacey.  Call number:  REF 103.21

Dictionary of Philosophy.  Thomas Mautner.  Call number:  REF 103 Mautner


Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics.  Ruth Chadwick, editor.  Call number: REF 170.3 Encyclopedia. v1-4

Encyclopedia of Bioethics.  Warren Thomas Reich, ed.  Call number:  REF 174.2 Encyclopedia v1-4

Encyclopedia of Ethics.  Lawrence C. Becker, ed.  Call number:  REF 170.3 Enc. v1-2

Encyclopedia of Philosophy.  Paul Edwards, ed.  Call number:  REF 103 En  v1-8

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy.  Edward Craig., ed.  REF 103 Routledge v1-10


Napa Valley College subscribes to the following periodicals pertaining to philosophy:


See Periodical List for additional titles


The following databases may be useful in locating information on Philosophy. These reference sources are available online through Solano, Napa and Partners (SNAP) databases and require a library card or e-card to access them.

Academic Search Complete
E-books (Ebsco)
General OneFile (Gale) 
Opposing Viewpoints in Context 
Religion and Philosophy Collection (Ebsco)  
Student Resources In Context


EpistemeLinks:  Philosophy Resources on the Internet (
Gateway site for philosophy resources.  Browse by philosophers or topics or use the category or special feature links.  Also provides philosopher's timeline, annotated bibliographies and custom search engines for philosophy.

Existenz  (
"Existenz is an online journal in philosophy whose mission is to encourage research and publication on problems and topics consistent with the general overview of Karl Jaspers, namely, the history of philosophy, phenomenology, existentialism, and hermeneutics; psychology, philosophy of religion, politics, culture, and the arts."

Guide to Philosophy (
Created by Peter Suber of the Philosophy Department at Earlham College, this comprehensive and searchable gateway site for philosophy provides online papers, e-texts, bibliographies and access to extensive online archives. 

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (
A peer-reviewed academic resource, this site provides access to detailed, scholarly information on key topics and philosophers in all areas of philosophy.  The staff includes 25 editors and 200 authors, all of which hold doctorate degresss and are professors at colleges and universities primarily in the United States.

Internet Public Library Western Philosophy Pathfinder (
The Internet Public Library (IPL) and Librarian's Index of the Internet (LII) have come together to great this site with resources linked to notable Western philosophers.

Paideia Project   (
Site for the 20th World Congress of Philosophy, offering over 600 full-text papers from the Paideia archive and links to significant philosophy resources.

The Perseus Digital Library (
Comprehensive gateway site for philosophy.  Perseus' collections include primary and secondary sources for the study of ancient Greece and Rome, Arabic language documents, Germanic, Renaissance and 19th century American materials.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (
Each entry of this online encyclopedia is maintained and kept up-to-date by an expert or a group of experts in the field.  As a scholarly dynamic reference work, the SEP contains updated articles that are submitted by members of the profession.  Articles are published on a synchronized schedule.

WWW Philosophy Virtual Library (
The Virtual Library is now provided in collaboration with SOSIG, the Social Science Information Gateway.  Hosted jointly by the Department of Philosophy and the Institute for Learning and Research Technology, at the University of Bristol.


American Philosophical Association (

"The American Philosophical Association is the main professional organization for philosophers in the United States.  Founded in 1900, its mission is to promote the exchange of ideas among philosophers, to encourage creative and scholarly activity in philosophy, to facilitate the professional work and teaching of philosophers, and to represent philosophy as a discipline."


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