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Philosophy & Ethics

This guide is intended to help you identify and locate scholarly and non-scholarly resources (books, articles, etc.) on the subject of philosophy & ethics. On this guide you'll also find info. on library services, research tips, etc

Subject Terms & Keywords


These are subjects or keywords you may use to look for books or articles on different aspects of philosophy in the resources throughout this site.

  • Ancient philosophy
  • Modern philosophy
  • Realism
  • Idealism
  • Free will
  • Determinism
  • Political theory
  • Aesthetics
  • Ethics
  • Morality
  • Environmental ethics
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Existentialism
  • Feminist philosophy
  • Freedom
  • Logic
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of religion
  • Phenomenology
  • Semantics
  • Western philosophy
  • Eastern philosophy

Welcome to the Philosophy & Ethics Guide!


This guide is a starting point for research on Philosophy & Ethics at SNHU. 

Use the blue buttons on the left to navigate through the guide and find what you need. Ask a librarian (ask@snhu.libanswers.com) if you need additional assistance!

Getting Started


Research Tips

Select a topic that interests you

Start by choosing a topic that interests you and that you can cover in the time and space required for your project.   

Develop a list of search terms

Compile a list of words, as well as synonyms that describe your topic. Use these words to search for your topic in the Library Catalog and in Article Databases.

Decide whether you need books or articles

Books may be helpful for background information and for familiarizing yourself with a topic. Articles can provide more current information and typically address a very narrow aspect of a topic. The scope of your assignment will determine what types of sources are best.

Keep a log of your search process

Keep track of what sources and search terms "work" and which ones do not.

Cite as you go

Even if you're not sure whether you will use a source, it's much easier to note the citation information up front than to decide you need it later! 

Tips from Brian Kooy at GSU