Encyclopedias and other reference sources give you quick background on an unfamiliar topic. Learning the issues, questions, and people associated with a topic can help you decide which direction to take your research. You might also discover keywords that will help you when searching for articles and books.
Browsing books in the library is a great way to get the big picture of the field and to help refine your topic. Philosophy books are located on the 2nd floor - North in Daley Library. Relevant call numbers for books on philosophy are listed below.
B Philosophy (General)
850-5739 By Region or Country
BD Speculative Philosophy.
10-41 General Philosophical Works
143-236 Epistemology, Theory of Knowledge