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Philosophy : PHIL 420/673/675

This subject guide describes the University of Waterloo Library's resources and services that support research in Philosophy.

This page has been created for Dr. Katy Fulfer's course PHIL 420/673/675 Puppies, Pigs, and the Polis: Feminist Relational Theory and Animal Ethics.

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Search Tips for Philosopher's Index

Search Tips for Philosopher's Index

Search Fields

Use indexed search fields to create very precise searches

For example: 

  • AU(fulfer) will retrieve only documents where fulfer appears in the author field.

Separate codes with commas to search multiple fields at once.

For example:

  • AB,TI(animal) will retrieve documents with animal either in the title or the abstract

Search for an exact Phrase

Use quotation marks to "paste" words together and force the database to find these words together as a phrase - "animal rights" 

Wildcards and truncation

Use wildcards and truncation when you're looking for documents that contain spelling variants, or words that begin with the same character string.

Character Description Example
? Wildcard - used to replace any single character, either inside or at the end of a word

nurse? Finds: nurses, nursed, but not nurse


* Truncation character - retrieves variations of the search term. Use the truncation character at the end (right-hand truncation) or in the middle of search terms. Each truncated word can return up to 500 word variations.

farm* Finds: farm, farmed, farming, farms, farmer

colo*r Finds: color, colour


Search tips for PhilPapers

Search Tips for PhilPapers

Search Fields

Use @ to search fields. For example @author fulfer  returns results with fulfer in the author field.

Search multiple fields at once by using brackets. For example @(title,descriptors) animal rights returns results with animal rights in the title and descriptors.

Search for an exact phrase

Use quotation marks to "paste" words together and force the database to find these words together as a phrase - "animal rights"