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VIC171 Methodology, Theory & Practice in the Natural Sciences

Conducting Research in the Philosophy of Science

The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy
An online dictionary that you can consult for concise, authoritative definitions of unfamiliar names and terms in the field of philosophy.

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
A peer-reviewed online encyclopedia including nearly all areas of philosophy. It is a great place to begin your research and develop background knowledge of a particular philosopher or philosophical position.

Each entry has an extensive bibliography with recommended resources for further reading and potential sources for your essay.

Oxford Bibliographies: Philosophy
A bibliography is a list of the books of an author or publisher, or on a specific subject. Oxford Bibliographies, compiled by scholars and librarians, contain extensive lists of annotated titles on many topics within the study of the philosophy of science. It is a great way to find authoritative sources on your topic.

Each subject contains an extensive introduction (which provides an overview of the topic) as well as a list of annotated titles of books, arranged by category.

Philosopher’s Index
The most current and comprehensive bibliography of scholarly research in philosophy. It is a great place to search for book chapters and articles when doing more in-depth research.

You can use it to find books and articles that have been written on a specific topic, or to see all the work done by a particular author.

The Library Catalogue
Find books by title, by particular author, or a specific subject. The catalogue searches books and other sources available at all campus libraries. You can also search it by using keywords.

Additional Resources

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Science
Contains broad overviews of the main lines of research and the state of established knowledge in six principal areas of the discipline, including physical sciences, as well as general philosophy of science. Also covers the traditional topics in the philosophy of science, such as causation, probability, models, ethics and values, and explanation, in addition to new areas of research in the discipline.

University of Toronto Libraries: Research Resources for Philosophy
Other major online resources in the field of philosophy (such as journal databases) are listed on the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) website.

Citation & Style Guides


MLA (Modern Language Association)

APA (American Psychological Association)

Research & Writing Support

Research Help

  • online reference service
  • virtual research consultation service: advance notice required of at least twenty-four hours (excluding weekends and holidays)
  • before booking an appointment, please conduct preliminary research using the resources outlined in this guide, and locate at least one scholarly source (such as a book or journal article) that is relevant to your topic of research
  • we recommend scheduling an appointment at least two weeks before your assignment is due by contacting Agatha Barc, Librarian, E.J. Pratt Library, or
    Colin Deinhardt, Librarian,

Writing Help

Please book an appointment at the Victoria College Writing Centre.

created by: Agatha Barc & Colin Deinhardt | updated: 2 September 2020