Guide to Web Resources
Remember, in addition to these web based resources there is another wonderful resource called the Freel Library. Use it. The new ten volume Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, edited by Edward Craig, is a helpful place to start and is available in the reference section of the library. Another helpful reference tool is the Philosopher's Index, also available in the reference section of the Williams College Library (all MCLA students have borrowing privileges at the Williams Library). Williams also has JSTOR which lets you search, browse, and print full-text articles from a number of major Philosophy journals.
Evaluating and Citing Web Sources: You are expected to use web resources intelligently and to carefully cite any material you get from the web. You should be familiar with standards for evaluating and citing web sources. So, before you start surfing, go to one or more of the following sites.
- The ICYouSee Guide to Critical Thinking About What You See on the Web has a short, clear, entertaining introduction to the basic whats and whys of evaluating web resources.
- Internet Detective is an extended on-line tutorial on web resources and how to evaluate them. It includes quizzes and exercises you can use to test your comprehension.
- Evaluating World Wide Web Information has a checklist that you can use to evaluate the information that you find on web sites.
- Citing Web Resources, discusses the ins and outs of citing web sources. It includes examples of citations using both MLA and APA style (ask your instructor which one s/he prefers).
- Search Noesis, a search engine for Philosophy, for more information about any of the philosophers or topics we discuss in class.
- Guide to Philosophy on the Internet, a comprehensive guide to philosophy resources on the internet by Peter Suber of Earlham College. Highly recommended.
- A Glossary of Philosophical Terms from The Blackwell Companion to Philosophy by Bunnin and Tsui-James.
- The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy has numerous typos, but has a broad coverage and is generally reliable.
- Philosophy E-texts, from John Mark Ockerbloom's On-Line Books Page, has links to a number of online texts.
Guide for Email Correspondence
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